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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (859 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robyn Scott Narrator: Robyn Scott Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An exquisitely rendered portrait of an African childhood from an astonishing new talent

When Robyn Scott’s parents decide to uproot their young family from New Zealand and move to a converted cowshed in rural Botswana, life for six-year-old Robyn changed forever. In this wild and new landscape excitement can be found around every corner, and with each misadventure she and her family learn more about the quirks, charms, and challenges of living in one of Africa’s most remarkable and beautiful countries as it stands on the brink of an epidemic. When AIDS rears its head, the Scotts witness the early appearances of a disease that will devastate this peaceful and prosperous country. Told with clear-eyed unsentimental affection, Twenty Chickens for a Saddle is about a family’s enthusiasm for each other and the world around them, with the essence of Africa infusing every page.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Happy stories are hard to tell, but Scott succeeds in this engaging recreation of a child's Botswana, apolitical and Eden-like.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • [A] beautiful and loving portrait. The Boston Globe
  • “A colorful, occasionally shocking fish-out-of-water memoir.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/19/2014

    " This memoir is written by a woman who moved with her parents and two younger siblings to Botswana when she was eight or nine. Her father was a flying doctor and her mom was a sometimes-author, home-school teacher who together created a very loose but very loving home. It was a pretty interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy | 1/30/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was sad to see it end. It is the true story of Robyn Scott's childhood growing up in Botswana. I have always dreamed of going to Africa, and this book definitely added fuel to my fire. I loved reading about all the encounters with wild animals and the crazy adventures of the Scott family, but also learned a lot about the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and how it affected the African population. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/28/2014

    " Another growing up white in Africa memoir - this time in Botswana. I think she might have the most laid-back parents that I have ever read about. A really interesting, unique childhood - I was constantly reading sections to Matt... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Pamela | 1/17/2014

    " The eccentricities and adventures of this young family establishing themselves in an out of the way spot in Southern Africa may be entertaining to some. Memoirs seem difficult to write in an engaging way. I just couldn't keep interested...I couldn't finish it. "

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