The Chicken Who Saved Us
By Kristin M. Adams

The Chicken Who Saved Us

The Remarkable Story of Andrew and Frightful

By Kristin Jarvis Adams

The Chicken Who Saved Us Book Cover

Trade paperback
5 ½ x 8 ½
300 Pages
Non-fiction – Memoir/Biography
Release Date: April 2017
ISBN: 9781941887004

Eight-year-old Andrew is autistic and bilingual.

He speaks English – and Chicken.

With words limited by autism, Andrew lives in a fantastic world where chickens talk and superheroes come alive. But when he tells his pet chicken Frightful that his body is trying to kill him, it launches Andrew’s family and an entire medical community into a decade-long quest for answers.

This beautiful, fierce, and refreshingly honest memoir takes readers on a mother’s journey through the complex landscape of modern medicine to discover the healing bond between a boy, and the chicken who saves them all.

About the Author

Kristin Jarvis Adams

Kristin Jarvis Adams is the author of the Gold IPPY Award winning book, The Chicken Who Saved Us: The Remarkable Story of Andrew and Frightful. Her writing can be found in the Washington Post, ParentMap Magazine, Autism Parenting Magazine and Seattle Children’s Pulse. Kristin is an advocate for children with special needs, and serves on the board of the Lake Washington School District Transition Academy, one of the nation’s leading transition programs for adult students with special needs.

She is a member of the Festival of Trees Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital, a fundraising and awareness group supporting children with autism in Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Find her online at, or on Facebook at Kristin Jarvis Adams, Author.

Reviews and Accolades

Winner of the 2018 Gold Ippy Award

“Heartbreakingly beautiful – the gift of the human animal bond.”
~ Temple Grandin, Author of Animals in Translation

2018 Winner Nancy Pearl Award – Memoir

Washington State Book Award Finalist