Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
Published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins
Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley
When Conor Grennan was twenty-nine years old he decided that his boring life needed a little sprucing up, so he took a year-long trek around the globe, beginning with a stop at the Little Princes orphanage in Nepal. The time he spent at the Children’s Home changed him for good and after his trip around the world was up, he returned to the orphanage, with a new commitment to return these children, who had been pulled out of their lives by child traffickers in this war-torn country, to their families once again.
If this book does not inspire you, you have no soul. Okay, that might be a little harsh but truly – Little Princes takes the concept of an inspirational memoir to the next level. Everything about this book won me over – the children, the amazing people working at the orphanage, the plight of the country of Nepal, and even Conor himself.
Conor does a fabulous job in Little Princes of mixing in the history of Nepal’s issues with the actual story of what he did at the orphanage and for the kids there. I never felt bored or uninterested, and in fact I wanted to know even more about this country and its people because the children in the book really warmed my heart. It absolutely broke my heart to learn that parents in Nepal will give their children to strangers in the hopes that these strangers will provide a better life for their sons and daughters, when in actuality these strangers are child traffickers looking to sell the children to the highest bidder. It’s unbearably sad that the parents don’t understand this, or worse that they are so poor that even if they did understand it, they’d have no choice but to let their children go anyway, as they can’t afford to feed them. What Conor did with these children, reuniting them with their families, is amazing and a little bit miraculous. He literally traveled across all of Nepal – through dangerous situations, over rough terrain, etc. – just to find these kids’ parents. Absolutely amazing.
Conor himself definitely had my heart too. He started out this journey as just a regular person, not sure how he could make a difference in the world and not at all sure if he even wanted to try. But once he came to the orphanage and met these children it was like a lightbulb went on and he just knew that his purpose was to help these children find their families. And he told his story with such grace and humor, it was such a joy to read.
I cannot more highly recommend Little Princes to anybody and everybody. I absolutely loved everything about it.