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When I picked up the book, I expected to readabout 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 providing the exotic backdrop which made the plotfanciful It left me curiously dissatisfied and annoyed with the author specially when he writes things like Perhaps the strangest feeling of all was seeing children, so many of them with glowing white skin, that unfortunate translucent paleness that I shared After months of rich, brown skin of a thousand shades, it looked like these children had been bleached As a person with brown skin, I found such description disturbing Children are beautiful, brown or white Its unfair to be derogatory to either The book ironically , was only skin deep, and failed to move me beyond anything deeper. 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 course, it's not all easy I'm glad the author included some parts that helped illustrate that he lived in a real, working children's home It showed that he was an insider For example, the author was explaining the process of getting all the Little Princes to sleep at the same time I don't remember the scene word for word, but I do remember the words WhacAMole in the description It was hilarious.I think the author did a great job conveying the scenery and sense of adventure, the strong personalities of the volunteers and the people he interacted with, the hardship and poverty in Nepal, and the politics and the way the government is run in Nepal I could feel the frustration and the pain of being unable to help and I could feel the happiness when a connection is finally made.On top of everything, the author is honest with himself about his strengths, shortcomings, frustrations, fear, worries and motivations Funny, entertaining, touching and serious all at the same time. Little Princes is the epic story of Conor Grennan's battle to save the lost children of Nepal and how he found himself in the process Part Three Cups of Tea, and part Into Thin Air, Grennan's remarkable memoir is at once gripping and inspirational, and it carries us deep into an exotic world that most readers know little aboutOne Person Can Make a DifferenceIn search of adventure, twentynineyearold Conor Grennan traded his day job for a yearlong trip around the globe, a journey that began with a threemonth stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in wartorn 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 warfor a huge feeby 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 I loved this book! Truly an inspirational tale about how one man, in an attempt to enjoy life and travel around the world for a year, instead found his self, his soul, and his purpose.The narratives and way it was written made me feel like I was there Told with humour and laugh out loud moments Truly amazing how they were able to find these children and the effort to reunite them with their families I have such admiration and respect for Conor, Farid and everyone else involved dedicated to helping these children You guys are the real hero!👍 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 (especially the ones about his initial cluelessness and general ineptitude about child care), and this is also an awesome example of the good things a few people working together can accomplish if they put their minds to it Thanks to the efforts of Mr Grennan and others like him, dozens of children and families who thought they'd lost each other forever have been reunited I admire him and applaud his work as well as his writing skills.(I received this book for free from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.) 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 selfdeprecating 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 policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook 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 the stories to my 7yo and he wants me to tell them again and again Now that I’ve finished the book I plan to have my 7 yo listen to it as well as it is largely about the lives of children his age in another country and how their lives compare and contrast to his own It’s got some tough issues in it to though Mainly that the children are not orphans but victims of human trafficking There are children who were lost and when found are literally about to starve to death and have to be hospitalized Conner does not go into any details on any abuses the children experienced other than beatings, starvation and neglect which is bad enough But as an adult, I imagine he left out details that would make the book muchdifficult to read and would have made it inappropriate for my 7 yo.The book is full of information about Nepal, the culture, the cities and villages, the politics in an easily accessible way You won’t be an expert on Nepal at the end, but you will at least have a frame of reference **EDIT** Also, spoilersI added another star making 5 Very rarely do I have people come back and tell me that the book I recommended was awesome and when they do it's books that I rated 5 stars Within a few days of spreading the word on this book, I had people emailing me to tell me how much they were enjoying it.Also, we started to listen to it again with my 7 year old He calls the book Conner Brother (adorable) And just to make itclear than I did in the review above, I expected the author to discuss the sexual abuse these children must have been exposed to and he did not I want my son to understand that he won the lottery when he was born in the US but I don't want to expose him to themes he's not ready for I appreciate that this book strikes the balance of being realistic without being graphic. 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 coming from the pages as I immersed myself in their country and culture * I was enlightened about the civil war that raged through Nepal from 1996 until 2006 During that time many parents sent their children to live in the city They were told that if they let their children leave with these people that they would be educated and fed What they didn't realize is that they were being robbed of their entire life savings and that their children were sold into bondage or even worse, given to the Maoist to fight as soldiers I never knew about thisI'm ashamed of myself for not beingknowledgeable about current events * Conor's growth during this whole process was such a wonderful thing to experience I utterly fell in love with these children, their stories, and yes, Conor himselfwhat a great humanitarian!!Recommend? Absolutely! Do not miss a chance to read this book If you purchase a copy of Little Princes, proceeds go to Next Generation Nepal, which is the organization that Conor founded that houses these orphans and ultimately tries to reunite them with their family Do yourself a favor and watch this short video I think you'll be moved by Conor's words and will want to experience his story for yourself!! 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 oversaturated with NonGovernmental Organizations, several already working in this area While this may seem trivial, I have seen firsthand how too many organizations with good intentions can get nowhere, when all those people working together could have been very powerful, impactful, and less wasteful of resources I would have beenimpressed if he had joined up with other groups already doing this work, but that may be less impressive to the general public.The writing is ok, not great The individual stories of the kids are charming, but there is a lack of coherence to them that could have made the book better The central thread of the book is definitely Conor's story, not the kids' stories (as I thought it would be when I started) I would have like hearingabout the kids and their families, less about his bum knee That is possibly a marketing issue the book shouldn't be promoted as One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal (that subtitle makes me want to gag anyway) but Conor Grennan's Personal Journey from Slacker to Caring Mature Adult or Conor Grennan's Really Grueling Trek to a Really Remote Area, and other assorted tales.Even after I figured this out (that it's all about Conor), I was still frustrated when he ignores or minimizes the contributions of Nepali men and women Again, I would have beenimpressed if he had worked with others, done some research in the area, recognized hardworking Nepalis striving for the good of their own country but he wasinterested in being a hero.All this being said I appreciate what he's trying to do I just wish he wouldn't try to make it sound like he singlehandedly discovered child trafficking, and that he is singlehandedly saving them all. When latetwentysomething 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 lookedafter, well educated, and will be safe from being taken by Maoist insurgents They then charge these poor people enormous sums but do not deliver on their promises Some of the children are sold into slavery, some are used as professional beggars for Faginlike masters, some are dumped on families no better able to raise and protect them than their own families, and some are dropped off at orphanages The “orphans” Grennan encountered were often children who still had living families He made it his mission to try to reconnect the children with their loved ones I was reminded of Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson’s tale of building schools for educationdeprived kids in Pakistan There is plenty of observation of the surrounding physical and political environment, but Grennan’s tale hewsclosely than Mortenson’s to his personal story, and so far as we know, to the truth.In fact, it reads like a novel, with a bit of something for everyone There is suspense Grennan must fear for his life as Dickensian evildoers, such as politically connected human traffickers and Maoist rebels who do not appreciate his interefence with their theft of children, pose a constant threat There is adventure, as Grennan, who is injured at the beginning of the journey, and a team, trek the Himalayas trying desperately to find the families of his lost children before winter sets in There is a tale of moral uplift as this young middleclass westerner finds a calling to help children in need in a remote, impoverished land This is accompanied by an understated exploration of spirituality But most of all, this is a love story For it is his love for the children he encounters that sets Grennan on his life's new path, love for the corps of new friends with whom he shares his work and finally, love for a woman he meets via email while he is in Nepal, a woman he believes will be the love of his life (I always enjoy hearing of people who have met this way, having met my wifeoftwelveyears online myself) He describes their impending meeting: man walks twentyseven hours in two days to get out of the mountains to meet girl who has just flown nine thousand miles for a visit Not your typical first date At times, I was racing through the pages as if I were reading a Stieg Larsson, eager to see what happens next, and at others, I had to put the book down to wipe my eyes You will be engaged, moved and uplifted There really are good things happening in this world There really are good people And it is really good to be reminded of that.I stumbled across a video re Grennan and the book It is a promotional piece, but captures well what the book is about There arevids on Connor's site.PS – The copy I read was an ARE, so lacked some items that I hope will make it into the production version Maps would help situate one in the geography here, and I really wanted to see photos of the places and people Grennan writes about PPS The author graciously posted a comment about this Maps and photos were indeed in the hard cover ==============================EXTRA STUFFGrennan's personal websiteThe website for Next Generation Nepal, the foundation that was set up to continue Grennan's work