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

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So as not to seem completely self-indulgent to his friends and family, Conor started his year-long trip around the world with a three-month stint volunteering in the Little Princes Orphanage in war-torn Nepal. What began as a cover story changed Conor's life, and the lives of countless others, forever.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Petra Eggs
I fell for the hype. The feature in the New Releases newsletter, the huge author profile and video on the book page, the pretty cover, the really great subject and the attractive author. I paid out for the hardback but you needn't, it will be remaindered within the year.

Its just flat. Really its a 'me' book, no, 'ME' book. The author just writes about himself and sketches in the people he deals with, but its all about him and to a lesser extent the kids, and to an even lesser extent his cornfed
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Will Byrnes
When late-twenty-something Conor Grennan felt guilty about spending an entire year travelling the world, he decided to dedicate three months of this time to volunteering at a Kathmandu orphanage named “Little Princes.” His experience would be a life altering one for him. The children in this orphanage had arrived mostly because of traffickers. Unscrupulous men promise desperately poor rural parents that their children will be well looked-after, well educated, and will be safe from being taken by ...more
Sara
Jun 26, 2011 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having lived and worked in Nepal for 3 years, I was very excited to see a book come out about a country and people I love. Unfortunately, I have mixed feelings about this book.

This is a very important issue, and it's good that Conor's book is bringing attention to it. However, I was surprised that he felt the need to create his own organization in a country already over-saturated with Non-Governmental Organizations, several already working in this area. While this may seem trivial, I have seen f
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Shannon
Dec 20, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swapped-donated
Conor Grennan wanted to see the world. He thought it would be exciting and impressive if he volunteered at a children's home in Nepal for 3 months. Conor had little experience with children and little motivation to become truly involved in Little Princes, the home for illegally trafficked children. Little did he know all he would do to help these children.

As a mother, I'm skeptical when an author writes about pure happiness, joy, and smooth sailing when living with a large group of children. Of
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Megan Baxter
Little Princes was interesting and entertaining and I enjoyed reading it. Yet it didn't grab me on a deeper level than that. As a narrator, Conor Grennan is funny and self-deprecating. I would be sad to hear that the cause that he's espousing is hinky in any way, although after recent events in the area of books written to promote charities, I'm wary about that. No sign of any of that from an internet search, though.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads
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Meaghan
I admit I'm not really into stories that could be made into Lifetime movies, but for whatever reason this book really hit the spot for me. I think it's because I've always been fascinated with both orphans and the nation of Nepal. I had known of the war in that country but until I read Grennan's book I hadn't realize just how bad conditions were and how much people suffered.

But the book is not depressing -- just the opposite in fact. Grennan's descriptions of the children are often very funny (e
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Staci
Dec 31, 2010 Staci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: Shelf Awareness
Shelves: 2011-reads
Why I wanted to read this book: I have often wanted to volunteer in another country and Conor's story sounded promising and intriguing. I wanted to know how Nepal and these children changed his life and the impact he made on theirs.

What worked for me:

* I was immediately and I mean immediately drawn to Conor's voice. His authentic self shined through page after page and I liked him immediately.
* He brought the orphans to life to me. I knew these children, I could hear their voices and laughter
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Elizabeth
The overall story of this book is actually pretty trite. A western man named Conner, who has thus far refused to grow up, decides to volunteer for 3 months at an orphanage in Nepal before going on a year long trip around the world. Once there he becomes attached to the children. During the course of the book he does wonderful deeds, learns lessons, finds a wife, finds a faith and saves the day.

But there is something you need to know… this book is hilarious. Really, really funny. I told a few of
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Mrsgaskell
Perhaps I'm getting cynical in my old age... In 2004, after working for a public policy think tank for eight years in Brussels and Prague, Conor Grennan was bored and got the urge to travel. He decided to take his savings and spend a year traveling around the world. But when he told his friends and family, they didn't seem impressed, seemed to think that he was being self-indulgent. Hoping to make a better impression on them, and particularly on any women that he met, he decided to start the yea ...more
Cori
Jan 06, 2011 Cori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are so many great things about this book that I beg you to go pre-order it right now. I have many wonderful things to say, but I don’t think any of my words will do Grennan’s work justice. Despite all the protestations of his friends and family, Grennan travels to Nepal to work with orphans for three months (I got the impression that as an adult he’d spent a total of about three minutes around kids). He ended up falling in love with the ridiculously-likeable kids (and a woman!) and finding ...more
Tara Chevrestt
When I turned the very last page of this book, I had to sit there for a bit and get my bearings. I also tried to come up with a word to describe it, and as funny as this is going to sound, it being perhaps an odd word to describe a book, I chose the word "beautiful."

It's a beautiful story because it is an emotional roller coaster ride. I went from laughing at the author's first daal bhat meal to feeling anger at the child traffickers to shock and dismay when two young boys were hospitalized beca
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Steve
Inspirational (if not necessarily eloquent) stuff. In other words, I have no hesitation recommending this book if you're looking for a heart-warming anecdote about a unique quest and a productive commitment to a worthwhile cause in a foreign land. And, given the number of happy endings involved - both for the author and so many of the Nepalese children - I'd recommend the book for young people committed to volunteering (or working) abroad to improve the lives of those trapped in unfortunate circ ...more
Udita Sanga
Nov 02, 2012 Udita Sanga rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked up the book, I expected to read more about children's plight in Nepal, about the author's motivation to work with these children, and details of how he made it happen. The book was a disappointment in both content and style. I read in much detail about the author himself (and how he saw the third world/ dealt with living as an expat in Nepal) and his infatuation with his pen pal whom he later proposed. The book revolved solely around the author and his love story with the children ...more
Donna
I loved the cover. I loved the title. I loved that it had a high GR rating. And I loved the story about these children who were given up by their parents because they thought they were giving their children a better life, but instead, they had no idea what hardships they were sending their little ones off to endure.

This was an amazing story of how one person can truly make a difference. His trip to Nepal changed the rest of his life as he was able to touch the lives of children living in an orph
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Tiger
Feb 22, 2012 Tiger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conor Grennan's Little Princes kept me up all night – the story so powerful and compelling I didn't want to stop reading.

Little Princes chronicles the true tale of one man's decision to set aside his own self interest to help children in Nepal -- all victims of a lucrative trafficking scheme. The theme may sound depressing, but Grennan tells his story in a relatively light and genuinely very funny way. The sadness of the children's plight and the general hardships endured by their parents is bl
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Kate Jollimore
Feb 04, 2012 Kate Jollimore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am more than judgmental in this review, so readers beware. I found the author obnoxious in his attempts at humor, utterly vain, self centered and serving, I immediately associated him with a spoiled American stereotype. I'm told that I need to read more of the book to see through this first impression, however; I'm sad to admit I'm also not perfect. I chose to remain oblivious on how this self centered man justified his self serving "volunteer" expedition.
Jeannie Mancini
Feb 22, 2011 Jeannie Mancini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Eye-Opening Window to Nepal

When Irish American Conor Grennan decides to take a whirlwind year-long trip around the world, he opts to spend his first three months volunteering at a children’s orphanage in Nepal. The instant he walked through the gates of Little Princes, he was mobbed by laughing little boys attaching themselves to his legs like leeches hungry for blood. Running, playing, giggling children swarmed Conor from the moment he arrived, so ecstatic to have a foreigner visiting them.
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Kathleen
This was okay. Interesting. I didn't know much about the Maoist rebellion in Nepal. Sometimes surprisingly funny. Good narration by the author — it felt like Conor Grennan was sitting in my living room, sharing his story. I learned something new. I respect Conor for his work in Nepal.

I'm writing while my thoughts are still fresh, but I haven't finished the book yet. It's been a while since last I listened, so I wonder if I will. Hope so!

My problem is focus. After listening to the first third o
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Donura
Dec 27, 2010 Donura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 OUT OF 5



A truly, inspiring story of giving and receiving, and the changes each can make in one’s life as well as the lives of others. It made me want to pack my bags and head to Nepal to help Conor, Farid, and all of the others that are making a difference in the lives of so many Nepali children.

Conor’s story quickly becomes personal and gripping as he goes from a simple volunteer experience that was to only last a month, before his one year trip around the world, to a mission to save seven ch
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Louise
Jan 26, 2011 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
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 years!

These children were orphaned and Conor wasn’t exactly sure if he wanted to get involved with a developing country in the m
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Lisa
May 03, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hang on the edge of your seat... I'm not usually a fan of non-fiction but I enjoyed every aspect of this book.

The author/narrator is one Conor Grennan, who in response to his friends' claim that he is shallow for wanting to spend a year bumming around the world, decides to volunteer at an orphanage in Nepal. Despite warnings in the volunteer organization's brochure about the dangerous civil war, he cavalierly decides that they must be exaggerating because, of cou
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Noble work, noble goals, but the writing is just too simplistic and the focus too narrow for me.
Connie
Recommended by Will

What a wonderful, inspiring book! Conor Grennan wanted to see the world so he took a year off from working. He decided to volunteer at the Little Princes Children's Home in Nepal for three months before continuing on his world tour.

The children in the home were not actually orphans. Child traffickers had told their families that they would take their children from the unsafe villages during the civil war for a price. The traffickers promised the parents that the children would
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Crystal
I was prepared to like this book. What is not to like? A story of a man who goes to Nepal and finds his calling to help the children of the country at first in the orphanages and eventually trying to reunite them with their parents. It sounds wonderful doesn't it? And it is, but it is so much more. I was struck with the fact that the author is very open in the beginning that he first went to Nepal to help in an orphanage just to have something to talk about or put on his resume. Pretty selfish i ...more
Marialyce
Mar 18, 2011 Marialyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful tale of what one man can do in the face of adversity when one's mind is made up to help. In this case the man was Connor Glennan. This man thought he would volunteer at an orphanage in Nepal and though his original commitment was for three months, he just could not get these children's faces and problems out of his head. Therefore, after a year of trekking around the world, Connor returns to the Little Princes orphanage and makes a promise to find and reunite the original se ...more
Irene Mcintyre
I am not even done with this book and let me just say that I rarely ever give a book a full five stars or indeed rarely do I rate a book at all before I am even finished reading it but wow! I cried, I laughed, and then I cried again. And then somehow I laughed yet again- but how is this possible when there is so much sorrow as well? This is a TRUE STORY. I didn't think I could laugh so much with so much tragedy involved but with the differences between these cultures and all of the mistakes made ...more
Petra
Aug 25, 2010 Petra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Once started, I had to keep reading to find out what happens to these children. What a wonderful story! It's so full of positive and hopeful actions.
The situation in Nepal (and other poorer countries, I'm sure) where parents try to do the best for their children but the children end up hurt and used is appalling. This book is warmly written and the story told in non accusatory ways. Conor shows that the parents are as much victims as the children. He tells this story with forthrightness, caring
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Eduardo Dayan
Jan 14, 2016 Eduardo Dayan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es increíble ver como en la actualidad sigue existiendo el tráfico de niños en el mundo. Me duele pensar en la difícil vida de la gente de Nepal y la forma en que los padres de los niños entregan a sus hijos a traficantes con la promesa de que van a cuidar de ellos, los van a mantener y les van a dar educación. Pensando que están haciendo lo mejor para sus hijos, en realidad están entregándolos a un mercado denigrante, en dónde los niños piensan que son huérfanos.

Lo más impresionante es ver com
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Kelsey Shivers
Jul 22, 2015 Kelsey Shivers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be so well-written, engaging, heart-warming, and truly inspirational. I don't usually like nonfiction, but this book read like a story, and Conner as a narrator and a person is truly wonderful. He is honest about his feelings an experiences, and I loved that about him. Excited for the discussions with my students that this book will yield!
Kaethe
Dec 24, 2010 Kaethe marked it as stricken  ·  review of another edition
Another story about a guy who goes off to save someone far away in the world. The work of the Nepalese to address their own issues is apparently rather slighted in favor of the brave American hero.
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Conor Grennan is a citizen of the US and Ireland. He grew up in Poughkeepsie NY and Jersey City, NJ. He spent eight years at the EastWest Institute (EWI), both in Prague and the EU Office in Brussels, focusing on peace and reconciliation in the Balkans. He left EWI in 2004 to travel and volunteer in Nepal, where he ultimately started Next Generation Nepal (NGN), an organization dedicated to reconn ...more
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