28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring, Stirring, Riveting Page-Turner!!
In his early twenties, Conor Grennan thought he'd take a year off work and travel around the world. However, he originally wanted to brag to young women that he was going to do something special during his year away like saving children and that's exactly what he ended up doing. Little did he know at the time that his 2-week volunteer stint in Nepal would turn into two...
Published on Jan. 26 2011 by Louise Jolly
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So So
I support humanitarian efforts in Nepal and commend the author but, like Jill's review, once you discover how and why the children are ending up in the orphanage, the rest of the story is well, rather dull. I was expecting a book similar in caliber to "Three Cups of Tea", sadly this book failed. I wouldn't recommend it. Sorry!
Published on Aug. 23 2011 by K. Jolly
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring, Stirring, Riveting Page-Turner!!,
These children were orphaned and Conor wasn't exactly sure if he wanted to get involved with a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he soon came to learn that he felt more for these children than he thought he ever would. How could he walk away from these smiling children who were totally alone in the world and had come to love him so much.
The children weren't really orphans but servants for families who child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war for huge sums of money and then lying and saying they would take their child(ren) to safety. The children would then be abandoned far, far from their original homes in the civil uprising of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.
Conor soon found this bragging idea of his to be the adventure of his life when he becomes totally commited to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but it would be a very difficult job indeed. Conor would end up risking his own life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury to his knee and the threat of being snowed in, in the cold. Waiting back in Kathmandu was Liz, the woman who would eventually become his wife and share in his life's work.
Conor sets up a home called "Next Generation Nepal" and did fundraising back in the United States to buy the home, furnish it with furniture, stoves, beds, blankets, and pillows for the children he hoped to house there. He figured he could accept approximately 26 children and all these children came to love Conor dearly. With a total of $6,000.00 raised he began to build the home.
Little Princes was an inspiring, stirring, moving page-turning adventure that you won't be able to put down. Beating this novel for the top spot in 2011 will be difficult although I've already said that about one other book but believe that one now comes in second!!
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent,
the author , conor , has you hooked by page 2 as he tells in complete honesty of his " motivation " to go to nepal and help " helpless " orphans. he shares his plans loudly to the girls he wished to impress.
he is also honest about his complete lack of any CHILD CARE EXPERIENCE and he shares his only skill he had was the ability to "bend over and pick up things" !!
well , all this soon changes as he arrives in nepal. you fall in love with the kids he meets , just he does.
the story is well written as the author describes the entire political situation in nepal .. he also gives vivid descriptions of life in nepal for the citizens of that country.
i had to go to work the night i started the book. it went with me and every break i had i continued to read. i had to stay awake to finish the book as once i started i had to know what was going to happen to the kids and to the people who also worked with him. an excellent story of the difference a few people can make to the lives of others !!!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK !!! I DIDN'T WANT THE STORY TO END !!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Q: Book Addict~ Visit my blog for newest reviews.,
Author: Conor Grennan
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: ARC from Publisher
29-year-old Conor wanted to take a year long trip around the world, after receiving some criticism from his peers about this foolish trip, he decided to volunteer at a little orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Who could criticize a man who was taking a trip to volunteer to help little children? Conor thought is sounded pretty impressive, and after his 3 months, he could walk away and he would be free to do as he pleases. However, those 3 months changed his life forever, and when he tried to leave he realized a large part of him remained with those children.He had to go back. Conor was astonished when he learned that these children were not in-fact orphans, they were children subjected to child traffickers. In war-tore Nepal parents were desperate to keep their children safe, parents were willing to sell all their possessions to pay to keep their children from being conscripted into a rebel army that had formed in opposition to the government. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages that they could protect the children -for a large fee- they could bring them to safety. Desperate parents would sell everything, and trust these strangers to take care of their children. The children would be led far away from home, and abandoned in the capital of Nepal, many of them landing in orphanages. Their parents far away, and unaware. After his 3 months, Conor continues on his trip but realizes he must do more. Conor gained the trust and love of the children and vowed to help them be reunited with their families. His initial ideas about his trip were abandoned, and he throws himself into trying to open a non-profit organization to help these children.
This is one that everyone should read in 2011.'Little Princes' is a powerful, heart-breaking, brutally honest memoir. Truly amazing, and a real eye-opener. Once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down and I immediately wanted to tell everyone about it. The good news is, it's in the bookstore and you can go pick yourself up a copy. Child trafficking is not something that I knew a lot about, and it's so sad that these parents honestly thought their children were going to be educated and well taken care of, instead they were made into slaves, abandoned on the street, or placed into orphanages. This book made me grateful for everything that I have. 'Little Princes' reads like fiction, and then you remember that this is a true story that happened not long ago. While this can easily be a very depressing book, Conor's humor and the children's resilience really shine through. So, one more time...PLEASE GO BUY THIS BOOK!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read,
It's an incredible true story, but it's written in such a way that it reads like a novel, grabbing and keeping your attention throughout. I felt such a connection with all of the characters that I actually miss reading about them now that I've finished.
Conor Grennan's words made me laugh, cry, and smile. His story reminds me that there are kind hearted people left in the world.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Talent Meets Passion and Becomes Change,
Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, Conor Grennan
ISBN 9780061930058, publication date Feb. 1, 2011, William Morrow publishers, $25.99, 304 pages with colour photo insert and Index.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book,
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, better story.,
This review is from: Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal (Paperback)Interesting read: provides information from a different vantage point for people wishing to make a difference. While the story itself is riveting, it is the message that is more important.
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener,
This review is from: Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal (Hardcover)Most people don't have a clue what it is like in Nepal (I didn't either). This book allows people to understand what Nepal is like, the people, the mountains, politics and the everpresent corruption. I couldn't put it down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely touching!,
This review is from: Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal (Paperback)If you were to give me a plane ticket this instant and ask me where I wanted to go, I would say : Nepal. The story gives a surprisingly clear image of Nepal during the civil war and has you clearly understand the issues at stake for the children and families of Nepal, because of their culture, their beliefs and their government. Also, the author has the humility to be very honest about himself, his initial motivations and his transformation over the years. I laughed, I cried, I got mad...I went through a whole range of emotions. I ABSOLUTELY recommend!
5.0 out of 5 stars The title, Little Princes will spark interest. The story and photo's will captivate it.,
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Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan (Paperback - Dec 19 2011)
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