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.
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!
Froma F. (Boulder, CO)
Saving Children, Saving Himself
It’s hard not to reference “Three Cups of Tea” (as in “If you loved….”) and, of course, if you enjoy stories of a somewhat self-absorbed individual who stumbles onto his life’s work in exotic climes, you will love Little Princes. But this is not a novel (although it reads like one) and to refer to it as part of a genre is to trivialize a remarkable achievement. Conor finds fulfillment working with Nepalese children separated from their parents during war. Although it is a memoir, the book is very much about those children and their vibrant personalities shine through. Recommended for book clubs and all others.
Tamara S. (Wenatchee, WA)
The unlikely advocate for the Nepali children
Just as in G. Mortenson's book "Three Cups of Tea" this author never set out to devote his entire life to aiding the lost children in Nepal. Connor followed his heart and made an impact in improving children's lives in Nepal and continues to do so with his established foundation. The story is inspirational and well written. The only thing I would of added to the book was actual photos of the area and its people and a map showing where he traveled to find the parents.
Beverly D. (Palm Harbor, FL)
more info please
Another in the line of "self-discovery" storis and commitment to doing what is right no matter the cost.
The story of the 18 orphans and the 7 lost children is the thread that ties adventures together. Although an absorbing journey, I need more background info, i.e. the civil war in Nepal,child trafficking and how the NGN functions within the precarious conditions(governmental /economic) in Nepal.
The writing is very engaging but seems to be more like diary entries with extremely detailed conversations. I wanted to hear, though, backstories on Conor and& Farid.
I liked this book and wanted to give it a higher rating than I will. My main criticism is that I needed more history to ground the amazing work that proves one person CAN make a difference.
Annette S. (Duluth, GA)
A remarkable story of how volunteering for three months in a Nepalese orphanage changed the author's life. He acquaints you with the culture, politics and everyday life of Nepal. But what I found most heartwarming was the children he introduces to the reader. They are so appreciative of even the smallest gift and able to make up entertaining games with discarded items. A great discussion book for Book Clubs. If you liked Three Cups of Tea this is a book for you.
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.