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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, by G. Neri, is based on a real child who lived and died on the streets of Chicago. Only eleven years old and already with an extensive criminal background, he was a child, but he was also a gang initiate and had been stealing his whole life. His father was in jail, his mother was on the streets, and he was being raised by his grandmother, as best she could, so she said. This book takes a look at Yummy’s life from the perspective of another young boy who knew him…went to school with him…lived near him…and whose brother was in the gang with him. 

Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware, by M.T. Anderson

Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware

Greetings, brave adventurers! So you are looking for uncharted territory to claim and conquer, eh? You've already climbed the highest peaks and had lunch in the craters of the moon. So, where do you go next to do your exploring? Look no further than this hidden gem. This is a land of mystery and danger, a land of wonder and fright, a land with Tyrannosaurs, tentacled creatures, and scariest of all....toll booths. Behold, Delaware!

Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware is part of M.T. Anderson's Pals in Peril series, a highly absurdist take on children's detective and adventure series of decades past, the most obvious being Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, and Tom Swift. The title character of this particular book is the star of his own fictional series that has fallen into obscurity. Just looking at Jasper Dash, you can see that he's from another time. Aviator goggles perched atop a perfectly parted swath of blonde hair. And that's when he opens his mouth and 19th-century slang falls out: "Hello, chums...What-ho and tippy tippy dingle and all."

Boys Into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage Sons

By Nancy Boyd-Franklin and A.J. Franklin, with Pamela A. Toussaint

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"This compassionate and comprehensive handbook helps boys make the difficult transition into men by showing parents, teachers, counselors, and community members how they can: Foster a positive racial identity; promote sexual responsibility; overcome negative influences of hip-hop and 'hoop dreams;' advocate for their sons' education; and counter the problems of racial profiling, drugs, and gangs."
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Riding the Tiger

By Eve Bunting

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This tiger ride is no flight of fun fantasy and is for older readers. A new boy in town decides to hang with a swaggering tiger until he realizes the animal is more terrifying than magnificent. Danny realizes it's much harder to get off the tiger's back than to get on. This book presents an allegory for gang involvement.
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