In search of adventure, twenty-nine-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal.
Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined. When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war - for a huge fee - by taking them to safety. They would then abandon the children far from home, in the chaos of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.
For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task. He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury. Waiting for Conor back in Kathmandu, and hopeful he would make it out before being trapped in by snow, was the woman who would eventually become his wife and share his life's work.
Little Princes is a true story of families and children, and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious, Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.
Inspiring and utterly captivating, Little Princes
earned 4 or more stars from 23 out of 24 BookBrowse readers!
Here's what they have to say:
Written with humor and page-turning suspense, Little Princes follows the author's growth from an adventure-seeking college kid to the founder of a worldwide organization (Mindy).
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 (Amber B).
As an American reader I am once again reminded that human joy comes from the spirit, not the bank account.
Thank you for a remarkable book and for inspiring me to take personal action in this world of increasing disparity (Nancy F).
I could not put the book down once I started reading it (Priscilla M)! (Reviewed by BookBrowse First Impression Reviewers).
New York Journal of Books
The beauty of this book is partly the fact that it is a memoir. But it is also more than that. I defy you to not be inspired or moved by this saga.
Starred Review. Grennan's work is by turns self-pokingly humorous, exciting, and inspiring.
Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
Funny, touching, tragic. Conor Grennan's Little Princes is a remarkable tale of corruption, child trafficking and civil war in a far away land - and one man's extraordinary quest to reunite lost Nepalese children with their parents.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Dorothy T. Everyone should read this one... ...to get a picture of another culture, to understand what happens to the children in the midst of rebellion, and to learn about the efforts and sacrifices made by those who want to help them and their families. Conor Grennan is a likable guy who... Read More
Rated of 5
by Brnoze All Mothers Cry I read Little Princes and chose it as my book club's next book choice. I wanted others to enjoy it as I had. It has so much content worth discussing. Our group enjoys the writing of the authors but the content and lessons learned are what keeps... Read More
Rated of 5
by Elizabeth Outstanding A war-torn country, orphaned children, child traffickers, poverty, starvation, and wonderful volunteers to alleviate some of the pain. LITTLE PRINCES lets us into this world of heartbreak and unbelievable circumstances that children and citizens... Read More
Rated of 5
by Bishnu Tamang Can't wait reading "The Little Princess" Great heart Conor. Even though I'm from Nepal, havn't done the work he has done in search of humanity. The satisfaction in creation and his deeds. I felt I'm around the children having traffiking, the severe thing going on in Nepal. Thanks to... Read More
Rated of 5
by Kristi A moving story of helping orphans in Nepal This book deserves a detailed review, but I've loaned out my copy -- I loved it and wanted to share it immediately! Grennan intended to spend a few weeks volunteering in Nepal before a trip around the world, and ended up staying longer than... Read More
Rated of 5
by Terrie J. (Eagan, MN) Inspriring Read I really enjoyed this book.,,much more than I thought I would. Even though it was written from a man's perspective, it had a very touching and sentimental feel about it. Conor's work was very admirable and through his words, you could feel his... Read More
According to Next Generation Nepal's website, the 1996-2006 Nepalese civil war between government forces and the insurgent Communist Party of Nepal claimed 12,000 lives and devastated the economy; and, in remote areas of the country, the Maoist rebels used intimidation and even murder to control villages and abduct children into their army. Even though the conflict officially ended in 2006, child traffickers have continued to prey on rural villagers' concerns for their children by deceiving families with promises of safety for their children and attendance at top boarding schools in the Kathmandu Valley - but the sad reality is that the children who are taken from their homes are often kept as slaves or beggars, taken to illegal orphanages or, in some cases, are given counterfeit documents making them available for international adoption.
After his travels to Nepal and his extensive involvement with the Little Princes Children's Home in the village of Godawari, Conor returned to the United States and, with the partnership of his co-founder Farid Ait-Mansour,...
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