The Chicken Who Saved Us: The Remarkable Story of Andrew and Frightful
Release Date: April 2017
Distributed by Consortium
Non-fiction – Memoir/Biography
Trade Paperback Price: $15.95 US
“Frightful, I think my body is trying to kill me.”
Frightful is the remarkable true story of a mother searching for answers in the world of the unseen and her autistic son’s extraordinary relationship with a backyard chicken.
Young Andrew was autistic and bilingual. He spoke English…and Chicken. He would shout, “Chick-kenn! Bak-ackk!” out his bedroom window on the second floor and the hen house would go wild. Five feathered dinosaur beasts with impossibly skinny legs went nutso until he ran across the yard to let them out of the coop. Then they would follow him around like he was a god.
He would sit on the front porch deep in conversation with his best friend, an Araucana chicken named Frightful. It was a two-way dialog consisting of secrets told and secrets kept between boy and fowl. His feathery friend became his voice, his only way to communicate in a confusing world. But one day Andrew confided to Frightful, “I think my body is trying to kill me.”
That single statement catapulted Andrew’s family and an entire medical community into action: To discover and destroy the unseen monster that was claiming Andrew’s life—a disease that created pain so great that no painkiller could touch it.
By the time Andrew was sixteen, he had spent seven years in and out of the hospital. Through it all Frightful listened as she sat in his lap or zoomed down the street on his new electric bike, stuffed into his jacket, zippered up to her beak.
Hospitalized, Andrew talked to Frightful with the aid of two iPads and a FaceTime connection. Her love and friendship armed Andrew with the courage of a superhero as he received an experimental bone marrow transplant. The night the infusion began, he shouted into a room full of doctors, nurses, and family, “Bring It On!”
Kristin Adams explains,
“As I watched my son navigate through illness with grace, humor, and an intimate connection with his beloved pet chicken, I came to realize that God comes to us in many forms. THE CHICKEN WHO SAVED US explores what it is to be broken, to question, to rage, to despair, and then to discover a resilience of faith in a time of grief.”
The author is currently working on another non-fiction book.