A victim of a tumultuous childhood of abuse, hunger, and homelessness, Andy Burton has learned a thing or two about survival. But at thirteen, Andy was picked up by the police and is taken to Haywood House, a group home for girls who have nowhere else to go. Now, as her eighteenth birthday approaches, she must find a new home, knowing that life may not be so easy on her own. When Andy discovers that her struggles are far from over, will she be able to carve out a better life for herself and find the happiness she is searching for?
Reviews for Throwaway Girl:
"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..."
-The Globe and Mail
"In this gritty YA novel, author Kristine Scarrow explores the hard life of a "throwaway girl." Sweet and vulnerable Andy doesn't matter to anyone — yet she shines with hope and resilience. As you travel with her through terrifying experiences and unbearable loss, you'll grow to love her in the way she's always longed to be loved. Scarrow takes on tough themes with her lucid prose, opening the reader's heart to Andy and the dark world she inhabits."
— YA novelist Alice Kuipers
"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
"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."
"This is a darkly realistic, sometimes difficult book to read as Andy faces one challenge after another. It takes all her courage and resolve to face the future with confidence. Well-written, but for older teens..."
-Winnipeg Free Press
The 11th Hour
(Dundurn Press, 2018)
One day, after weeks of secret planning, seventeen-year-old Annika Dietty leaves home at dawn to run away with her boyfriend, the charming and popular Dylan Sopick. She tried telling her friends and family how amazing Dylan is, but seeing as they all seem set against the relationship, she’s decided their only chance is to run away together.
But not everything goes according to plan, and Dylan seems to be having more and more trouble dealing with every obstacle they encounter. At first Annika is sympathetic, knowing that he’s had a harder life than she has, but very soon Dylan’s behaviour becomes unsettling, and Annika realizes that her safety is at stake. She finally admits to herself that Dylan needs support that she can’t provide. She wants to get him help — if she’ll get the chance.
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