Throwaway Girl


When your teen years are so messed up, how do you grow up happy?

Andy Burton knows a thing or two about survival. Since she was removed from her mother’s home and placed in foster care when she was nine, she’s had to deal with abuse, hunger, and homelessness. But now that she’s eighteen, she’s about to leave Haywood House, the group home for girls where she’s lived for the past four years, and the closest thing to a real home she’s ever known.

Will Andy be able to carve out a better life for herself and find the happiness she is searching for?


Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom selection


Throwaway Girl is a rich, eye-opening novel that has the potential to create empathy in young readers. It introduces tough themes that reflect a harsh reality, but it always rings true, and Scarrow has created a believable character in Andy.

Quill & Quire

An audience of grade 6 to 8 girls will find the language accessible and the fast paced plot entertaining.

Canadian Materials

Scarrow toggles each chapter of the story between the past – Bernice – and the present Andy. This works very well to create suspense in the plot. Both as Bernice and Andy our heroine struggles to make sense of the world, take care of herself and make herself worthy of love.

Resource Links

It’s a story not told often enough: the forgotten child, left to the resource-poor system, but the heart of the book does not bleed. Andy is sentient, not a victim, but more an observer, and her narrative unravels gently, awaiting its readers.

Globe and Mail

This is a darkly realistic, sometimes difficult book to read as Andy faces one challenge after another. It takes all of her courage and resolve to face the future with confidence. Well-written…

Winnipeg Free Press

About the Author

Kristine Scarrow

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Kristine Scarrow

Kristine Scarrow is the author of young adult novels The 11th Hour,If This Is Home, and Throwaway Girl. She is currently the writer-in-residence at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, where she teaches writing as a healing art in the community. Kristine lives in Saskatoon.