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

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal [Kindle Edition]

Conor Grennan
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“[An] action-packed account […] like a good storyteller, [Conor] ensnares us with humour and adventure” The Irish Times

“With a light touch and refreshing candour, Grennan […] tells the story of how a good-looking University of Virginia grad with wanderlust ended up risking his life to find, then reunite, children with their families in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world” USA Today

“Little Princes by Conor Grennan is what happens when passion, talent, and a desire to change the world spill onto the page…I defy you not to be inspired or moved by this saga” The New York Journal of Books

“Conor Grennan shows what one person can do, if he follows his conscience and his love. By the end of this inspiring book, he has not only reunited many of the children with the parents they thought they had lost – he has found his own love” Dublin Evening Herald

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"[An] action-packed account [!] like a good storyteller, [Conor] ensnares us with humour and adventure" The Irish Times "With a light touch and refreshing candour, Grennan [!] tells the story of how a good-looking University of Virginia grad with wanderlust ended up risking his life to find, then reunite, children with their families in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world" USA Today "Little Princes by Conor Grennan is what happens when passion, talent, and a desire to change the world spill onto the page!I defy you not to be inspired or moved by this saga" The New York Journal of Books "Conor Grennan shows what one person can do, if he follows his conscience and his love. By the end of this inspiring book, he has not only reunited many of the children with the parents they thought they had lost -- he has found his own love" Dublin Evening Herald

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3667 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (17 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NSUXR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In the autumn of 2004 Conor started a travel blog to keep in touch with his friends and soon discovered he had inherited his father's passion for writing. With Next Generation Nepal - the non-profit organisation he set up to rescue trafficked children in Nepal - still going strong, Conor has now moved back to the US, where he lives with his wife Liz and his baby son.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspirational 17 July 2011
By K. Wright VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
In November 2004, Conor Grennan was a young man with dreams of travelling around the world; drinking, meeting girls and having the time of his life. Little did he know that he would soon meet a group of Nepali children in the Little Princes Children's Home that would change his life forever. This true story spans around 4 years of Grennon's life, chronicalling his personal journey and his aim to help these trafficked children be reunited with their families during a civil war.

Grennon is an engaging writer and this adds to the incredible story. However it is the humour and joy of the children who are the stars of the book who share so much love despite having suffered such hardships in their short lives. Coloured photos are also included to really get a sense of the people and places Grennon describes. This is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the plight of children in foreign countries but is also a heartwarming story that restores faith in humanity. Another reason to purchase this book is that a portion of the proceeds go to Grennon's non-profit organisation, Next Generation Nepal (NGN).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The first few pages were disappointing, and I thought I wouldn't enjoy this book by an American author who seemed rather full of himself. However I was relieved to be proved utterly wrong.
Conor Grennan is actually very self deprecating throughout the book, and is the first to admit that he originally went to the orphanage to do something that would "look good" on his year out travelling. However, his first three months at the orphanage led to a long term commitment to the children at Little Princes and beyond.
His tale unfolds as he realises the orphans are far from orphans, but caught up in the civil war in Nepal and a child trafficking scheme playing on their parents hopes of a better life outside the conflict zone. He then becomes committed to tracing these families and reuniting them with their children, no easy task in a country where most journeys have to be completed on foot, and there is a real risk of being snowed in for the winter.
The book is well written in an engaging style and often reads more like a novel than a biography, especially as some of the stories are so incredible and moving. I really enjoyed the read, but would have liked some pictures to add to the stories.
Conor has now set up his own children's home in Kathmandu and part of the proceeds from the sale of the book go towards the non-profit organisation Conor created to enable his children's home to exist. After reading the book you will be more than happy to know that you have done something to help these incredible children. Please buy and you will enjoy the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking but beautiful 15 Sep 2011
By DubaiReader TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This was an excellent book, certainly deserving of its comparison to Three Cups of Tea (Greg Mortenson).
From the start I liked the author and his self depreciating explantion for his visit to Nepal - a bit of volunteering would make the whole exercise of world travel, seem more valid. Little did he know what a profound effect the children would have on him.
He's a typical American lad when he arrives at the Little Princes Orphanage in Nepal, he has had no previous contact with children and is baffled by the behaviour of the eighteen youngsters who launch themselves at him as he steps through the gate. In spite of their tough lives, these children are adorable and Connor settles down to the routine that is to be his life for the next 3 months.

Most volunteers do their 3 month stint and then leave, but the children get under his skin and he decides to pay them another visit before returning to America.
It was around this time that he discovered that the children were not really orphans but victims of child trafficking, the majority of them having living parents.
And what was his response? He threw himself whole-heartedly into a search for their parents in the rugged terains of Nepal.

I couldn't put this book down, it was a fantastic read, all the better for being true.
It is our book group choice for next week and I am really looking forward to sharing it. A book that everyone should read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspirational read 13 July 2011
Format:Hardcover
If you are looking for an uplifting read, then look no further, `Little Princes' is the book for you. This relatively short read was completely refreshing and a source of profound inspiration. In such a busy world, books like these are essential tools which help us to pause, reflect and consider the plight of those people in other parts of the world that are by and large completely forgotten by us.

Connor is a young American taking a break from the rat race whilst he travels the world. Feeling like he should be doing something constructive with his time, he arranges to volunteer at a children's orphanage in war torn Nepal for a period of three months. Completely unprepared and unqualified, Connor enters a hidden world of child trafficking, neglect and malnutrition reminiscent of a Dickensian novel.

What follows, is a whirlwind of an adventure which will change the life of Connor and his `Little Princes' forever. The book describes Nepal; its political system and culture during the civil war between the Maoists and the monarchy. Nepal is a beautiful country but one which is completely impoverished, divided by class systems, corrupt and often quite dangerous. In that respect, the book was completely fascinating, I knew nothing at all about Nepal before beginning the book and absorbed countless facts whilst progressing.

The book describes Connor's initial unease with his immersion into this alien environment, but moves on to describe his acceptance of the situation, his deepening love for the children, his reluctance to leave Nepal, his plans to search for the abandoned children's parents, his crazy expedition into Humla and concludes with a brief look at his initial plans for the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!!!!!
I couldn't put this book down and am so amazed that this all goes on and that there really are truly horrible but also amazing kind people in this world
Published 1 month ago by Gemma
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
A good read. A well written, interesting and inspiring story that opened my eyes to the recent history of Nepal.
Published 2 months ago by maire ide mulcahy
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story of Hope
I had to read this book as it was chosen for book club. I didn't want to as I thought it would be incredibly sad. How wrong I was. It is full of hope and incredible triumph. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ladies man
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical inspirational story
Once I started I couldn't put this book down. After visiting Nepal myself and falling in love with the country the stories of the scenery and life transported me back. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Meri_Jahn
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
This excellent book arrived in good tome and in good condition. The trafficking of Nepalese children is still going on as reported on Channel 4's "Unreported World".
Published 7 months ago by tigger1
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener
An enjoyable, interesting, thought-provoking read. I borrowed it from the library and loved it so much that I bought a copy for myself.
Published 8 months ago by Helen Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Uplifting Story.
Having visited Nepal recently and being involved in an educational charity in Nepal I found this book informative, touching, heart breaking and hilarious all at the same time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. C. J. Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A great book, the story grips onto you like one of the children hanging round Conor's neck. I couldn't put the book down and there was a part of me that felt sad to finish.
Published 10 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!!!!
What a story,I was told about this story after my daughter visited Nepal.
This is just a fantastic read.Conor made it his mission.

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Published 11 months ago by laura
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving tale
The content of this story is very moving indeed, though one couldn't say that the quality of the writing was particularly interesting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Karine
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