Conor Grennan writes with humility, humor and grace - Little Princes is riveting. I truly could not put it down; at the same time, I didn't want it to be over. Reading this flawless memoir is like traveling to Nepal - you'll be captivated by the scenery, struck by the challenges her citizens face, and fall in love with the people themselves, especially the children. Readers are going to be talking about this book for a very long time!
Rated of 5
by Marti F. (Coralville, IA)
This amazing book came about because the author decides to take a trip around the world but makes the decision to start out by volunteering for three months at an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal. He does this even though he read in the volunteer brochure that there is a civil war going on in Nepal (1996-2006), but it is not directly affecting Kathmandu. He even admits this whole idea seemed "ludicrous", as he has never spent much time with kids and cannot think of a single skill he possesses. He even admits to doing it mainly to impress people. He walks through the gate of the orphanage and his life is changed forever. He learns that he is good with children, they love him and he falls in love with them. But he also comes to learn that they are not truly orphans, but have been stolen from their families by human traffickers, gone through who knows what - including slavery, and then were rescued by the orphanage. He learns of several more orphanages like this in Nepal and that there are thousands more children in Nepal who have not been rescued. What follows shows what one person, with a strong, single-minded conviction, along with many other like-minded people he has met in Nepal, can accomplish when they set their minds and hearts to it and never give up, even in the face of extreme hardship. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the children and was amazed over and over again at their resilience, strength and ability to laugh and play as a way to cope with their inner pain. And most of all, I thanked God for people like Conor Grennan, for this outstanding book and for the work his organization continues to do for the lost children of Nepal.
Rated of 5
by Priscilla M. (Houston, TX)
A Must Read!
It is inevitable that comparisons will be drawn between The Little Princes and Three Cups of Tea, but Conor Grennan has written a book that deserves to stand on its own. Told in equal proportions of humor, compassion, and honesty, the story relates how the author came to be involved with a children's home in Nepal at the beginning of a year-long journey of travel around Asia and Southeast Asia. After volunteering at the home for three months, he vows to return. The children at the home are not orphans, but rather "disappeared" children, sent away by their parents to avoid conscription into the Maoist army in Nepal. Grennan and a French volunteer named Farid become obsessed with the idea of finding the parents of these children, most of them from the remote village of Humla. The story of this quest and Grennan's own personal growth draw the reader into a compelling story of how individuals can make a profound difference in the world by the simple act of caring about the welfare of others. I could not put the book down once I started reading it.
Rated of 5
by Bess W. (Marlton, US)
Conor Grennan's quest to help the lost children of Nepal is an astounding journey. This well told novel is full of suspense, war, corruption, self-awareness and above all about love and caring. I would recommend this book to all--young and old. As in Three Cups of Tea and Mountains Beyond Mountains we are reminded that one person can make a difference and that we should all try to make a difference.
Rated of 5
by Anna S. (Sayville, NY)
Review Little Princes by Conor Grennan
I love a book that takes me away from the here and now and transports me to a place that I will probably never get to visit. Little Princes is just that kind of book. The magnificent landscape and endearing people of Nepal come to life. In Grennan's story we get to see some of the best and worst in humanity, and are left with a feeling that good will prevail. So all my fellow armchair travelers grab a copy of Little Princes and enjoy the trip!
Rated of 5
by Nancy M. (Warminster, PA)
A beautifully written story about a young man who volunteered for three months to work in an orphanage in Nepal and found the orphaned children were really not orphans but victims of child traffickers who sold them in to slavery. In trying to find the parents of the children to reunite them with their children the author also found his soul. Once I started reading this book I could not put it down.
Nepal has suffered horribly from a corrupt government at war with Maoist guerrillas. The trafficking in children continues. A portion of the proceeds from purchasing this book will go to Next Generation Nepal, the foundation created by the author to continue the work of finding the families of the of trafficked children in Nepal.
Rated of 5
by Karen J. (Bremerton, WA)
Ever since I trekked in Nepal I've longed to return and Little Princes took me there. The author's description of Kathmandu, Nepal and its people, so beautifully rendered, brought back a flood of memories, but even more, this story of child trafficking and the author's commitment to reunite lost children with their parents reached down deep, grabbed my heart and has yet to let go. If you've read Three Cups of Tea (and who hasn't) you'll find this memoir more than a worthy successor. I will be recommending this book to all my friends.
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