Little Princes

Little Princes

One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

Book - 2010
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One Person Can Make a Difference

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.
ISBN: 9780062049858
Characteristics: 294 pages, [16] pages of plates :,colour illustrations, maps ;,23 cm.


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Sep 04, 2018

Everyone should read this book, it is amazing. The author is so funny in retelling his TRUE story of volunteering to work at an orphanage in Nepal. I was laughing out loud almost on every page. Your heart gets involved and you feel the struggles facing the children and the adults involved with protecting, teaching, loving, and re-uniting the children to their families. I felt like I was in Nepal!

Apr 11, 2016

Wonderful book, full of excitement and heart ache, a must read!

Feb 16, 2015

This piece of non-fiction reads like a novel. It offers suspense, humour and inspiration. It also deals with some tough issues. It was just a very enjoyable book to read.

ChristchurchLib Dec 09, 2013

"For three months, 29-year-old Irish-American Conor Grennan volunteered at the Little Princes Children's Home, south of Kathmandu, in war-torn Nepal. Eventually, he learned that the institution wasn't housing orphans like he'd thought. The young boys (and two girls) had families who loved them - but they'd been abandoned in the chaotic city by a lying child trafficker who had charged their rural parents huge sums of money to take them to a supposedly safe area where they would be taken care of. Appalled, Grennan set out to reunite the children who had captured his heart with their families. This inspiring debut by the likeable Grennan, who founded the non-profit charity Next Generation Nepal, may move you to both laughter and tears." Armchair Travel December 2013 newsletter

baretta Jul 07, 2013

Such a good read. Hopeful but does not gloss over the complexities facing the families or the volunteers involved. I especially love Conor's descriptions of the kids - funny and resilient. I've read this one more than once.

Nov 11, 2012

A really great, inspiring story! I highly recommend this read! I could hardly put the book down it was so great.

LeeMinHo07 Nov 04, 2012

Amaaazing book! I had to read it as a supplementary novel for grade 11 English and ahhhh I'm so glad I picked this one! This is the first book in ages that I wanted to buy the second I finished it! A recommended read, for sure!

Clio84 Nov 03, 2012

This is such a sweet and lovely book to read! I couldn't put it down. No big pretensions, just the story of a young American, his live changes after volunteering for 3 months in an orphanage in Nepal. There he gets a dream, to reunify orphans (who were trafficked) with his families. Not an easy task and how he overcomes the difficulties to do it.

Oct 06, 2012

I loved this book. It's funny, interesting, gentle, hopeful. Connor himself is self-deprecating and charming. It shows what one person who cares can do, even under really difficult circumstances. Highly recommended.

Jun 18, 2012

Just read it!

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