By Liane Shaw


Here comes trouble... She's a fostergirl.

Her name is Sadie, but she might as well be called Fostergirl. Grouphomegirl. That's how everyone thinks of her. Sadie doesn't care. In fact, she'd be happier if they didn't think of her at all. Her goal is to go unnoticed, to disappear. Nothing good comes from being noticed, especially if you’re a fostergirl.

Another new high school, another new group home. This one is lucky number 13, but who's counting? Except this time, there’s a girl at her school named Rhiannon who won’t let Sadie be invisible. In fact, she insists on being her friend. This friendship, and the dawning feeling that she finally belongs, might be able to restore Sadie’s belief in others, and—ultimately—herself. 

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About the Author

Liane Shaw is the author of several books for teens including, Fostergirls, The Color of Silence and Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell, as well as a work of non-fiction called Time Out: A teacher's year of reading, fighting, and four-letter words. Liane was an educator for more than 20 years, both in the classroom and as a special education resource teacher. Now retired from teaching, Liane lives with her family in the Ottawa Valley.

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Product Information

  • Release: March 1, 2011

  • $11.95 Paperback

  • 266 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.25

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 13-17 / Grades 8-12

  • ISBN: 9781897187906


  • Character Education
    > Friendship & Family
    > Self-Esteem
    > Strong Female Characters


Praise for Fostergirls

"Liane Shaw gives a realistic portrayal of a foster girl's life of uncertainty, hopelessness, and the inability to change her environment… After reading this novel, readers will realize that there is always light and hope in the next corner."  - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Sadie, though tough as nails, narrates her story with an amusing edginess that works ... for readers seeking an honest account of how a girl without parents survives, this story delivers." - Publishers Weekly

"Sadie’s edgy account of finding a real place for herself in the world will keep readers thoroughly engaged." - Kirkus Reviews

"There is much about this book that speaks to the foster system's well-meaning but often flawed initiatives and how easily there initiatives can be misinterpreted or go horribly wrong. Sadie's character is genuinely engaging and portrayed against the backdrop of adolescent angst and an often inadequate system, it works." - Resource Links

"The novel is an honest effort to shine a light on some of the difficulties and stigma that foster kids face." - The Deakin Review of Children's Literature

"Sadie's struggle to overcome the cards she has been dealt is inspiring, and the author writes from a very honest and real perspective. Sadie's story will resonate with readers, no matter their background." - VOYA Magazine

"The characterization of Sadie puts a human face on a system wrought with challenges and often scrutinized, and presents a powerful portrayal of the realities of growing up without family roots or a place to call home." - Shameless Magazine