Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

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Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

The Story of an African Childhood

By Robyn Scott

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143115090, 452pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2009

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.

About the Author
Robyn Scott was homeschooled until she was fourteen, when she began boarding school in Zimbabwe. At university in Auckland, New Zealand, she earned a B.Sc. in bioinformatics. She was awarded a Gates Scholarship to Cambridge University, where she received a master's in bioscience enterprise. Scott currently lives in London, where in her spare time she is establishing an AIDS orphan charity with her mother. She is twenty-six years old.

Praise For Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

"[A] beautiful and loving portrait."
- The Boston Globe