Washington State Book Award Finalist Kristin Jarvis at Orcas Library

  • Tue Sep 24th, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by the Orcas Public Library.

Kristin Jarvis Adams, a Washington State Book Award Finalist, will speak at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Orcas Public Libary.

Her memoir “The Chicken Who Saved Us: The Remarkable Story of Andrew and Frightful,” is an honest account of fierce and faithful parenting that takes readers on a heartfelt journey through chronic illness and Asperger’s syndrome to discover the healing bond between a boy and his chicken.

It has received national attention in the Wall Street Journal, on NBC News affiliates, is the winner of the Nancy Pearl Book Award, and the Gold IPPY Award.

Eight-year-old Andrew was autistic and bilingual. He spoke English — and Chicken. But the day he told his pet chicken Frightful that his body was trying to kill him, Andrew’s family and an entire medical community were launched into a decade-long quest for answers.

Navigating the complex landscape of modern medicine and genetics, through a rare diagnosis of Trisomy 8 Mosaicism and an experimental bone marrow transplant, readers venture to places where chickens talk, superheroes come alive, and a boy on the brink of death finds the courage to survive.

Additional information is available on the library’s website at www.orcaslibrary.org.