Book Club Kit: Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

Twenty Chickens for a SaddleTwenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood
by Robyn Scott
First Published: 2008
10 Copies & Reading Guide

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.

Reading Guide:
Penguin – Includes an Introduction, an Interview with the Author, and Discussion Questions

The New York Times – “I Had a Funny Farm in Africa” by Marcus Mabry
The Telegraph (UK) – “An African Childhood” by Kate Colquhoun

Robyn Scott on the Web:
Book Site:
Robyn Scott’s Website:
Follow Robyn on Twitter: @robynscott

If you enjoyed Twenty Chickens for a Saddle, you might like:
The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace — Once School at a Time (Book Club Kit) by Greg Mortenson

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One comment on “Book Club Kit: Twenty Chickens for a Saddle

  1. Twenty Chickens for a Saddle was a great discussion book. Our discussion looked at the Scott family’s Home Schooling methods. Despite the fact that Mrs. Scott was not extremely structured with lesson plans, the children still flourished scholastically. We also explored Dr. Scott’s dedication to his medical practice even though he hated being a medical doctor. Following the Aids epidemic during its early stages in Botswana was eye-opening as well. If you enjoy discussing narrative autobiographies, this is a good read.

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