Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
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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 pas...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published January 27th 2011 by William Morrow
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Petra X
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...more
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
Shannon
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...more
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...more
Staci
Mar 24, 2011 Staci rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Sara
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...more
Ruth
This is a remarkably warm and inspiring story of an endless war, a young man set out for adventure and the change in his life when he meets the victims of war-the children of Nepal. Connar Grennan had great plans to travel the world, have new experiences and enjoy all the excitement and pleasure he could find. But something happened that changed all that. He made a life changing decision when he volunteered to work with the displaced children in Nepal for three months. He chose to serve at the L...more
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...more
Jeannie Mancini
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....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...more
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...more
Cori
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
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Noble work, noble goals, but the writing is just too simplistic and the focus too narrow for me.
Lisa
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...more
Carol
One of the wonderful advantages of being in a book club is that it compels you to read genres outside your comfort zone. "Little Princes" by Conor Grennan was chosen by a club member, and when I learned it was non-fiction, a silent groan echoed in my mind. But, very often, we can be surprised by the choices of others, and that is how this book affected me. Conor Grennan was a young man working overseas who was a bit disillusioned with his life. He decided to take a year off and travel the world,...more
Marialyce
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
Louise
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...more
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
Donura
Dec 27, 2010 Donura rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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...more
Tiger
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...more
Kate Jollimore
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.
Irene
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
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
DubaiReader
Shocking but beautiful.

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 w...more
Kristi
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 expected and becoming deeply involved with an orphanage, eventually reuniting many children who had been taken from their parents with their families. Grennan's story is incredibly touching, and he writes with a great deal of humor and grace about his interac...more
Udita Sanga
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
Dolly
Wow! What a story. I had heard of this book, but it wasn't until it was selected as the 2011 All Fairfax Reads book for the Fairfax County Public Library that I decided to read it. I have read several books about trying to save children in remote regions (ala Three Cups of Tea One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time) and I must admit that it's a guilty pleasure when I read about good works that are going on in remote regions of the world. After reading these tales, I briefly...more
Rebekah ODell
As soon as I picked up this book, I wrote the following note: “I think I am skeptical of ‘How-I-Help-People’ memoirs.”

Which was probably unfair. But I have to tell you that I walked into this (beautiful!) book with a lot of preconceived notions … that this was just the product of a greedy publishing company looking to make a buck on a rip off of Three Cups of Tea.

I can admit it: I was wrong. This book was beautiful inside and out, worthy of the incredible amount of publicity launched by the pub...more
Katie
I just heard the author of this book on the radio today and figured it was about time I got around to writing a review. I finished the book a few weeks ago, so it isn't that fresh in my mind. I was a little nervous that this book was going to be like Three Cups of Tea. Regardless of the current controversy over the validity of Mortenson's book, I found Three Cups of Tea to be overwhelmingly self-absorbed. I was hoping this book didn't turn into a self-righteous account of one man's adventure of...more
Amy Cheney
Absolutely spectacular. It’s an action packed, breath holding adventure of the heart and soul as he negotiates steep mountain trails, civil war and bureaucracy in a foreign country, while founding a non-profit and falling in love with an equally committed and passionate woman. Humility, insights into culture and the difference one person can make abound. Grennan is able to poke fun at himself while his uncanny inner drive to see and act clearly shines forth. I loved this book. He CLEARLY (not wi...more
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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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“I steeled myself for this interaction. Fact: I knew I could talk to people. Fact: Children were little people. Little, scary people. I took solace in the fact that if this demonstration went horribly wrong, I could probably outrun them.” 7 likes
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