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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,058 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Conor Grennan Narrator: Conor Grennan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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 war—for a huge fee—by 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Grennan’s work is by turns self-pokingly humorous, exciting, and inspiring.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Grennan] details the incredible stories of families caught in a civil war, frightened and anxious about the future of their children, and the endearing resiliency of the children themselves, many of them traumatized by war, enslavement, and separation from their families.” 


  • “With an animated voice, Conor Grenann adds another level of depth and poignancy to the story of his efforts to help Nepalese children…In narrating the book, he conveys a palpable sincerity in his tone and emphasis. In particular, one can hear the smile in his voice when he relays anecdotes about the children.”


  • “Grennan is the rare author who can aptly and skillfully tell of his own awakening; he beautifully and melodiously renders the many accents he encountered along his journey. Listeners will be moved; for anyone interested in Nepalese history, humanitarian work, and meaningful self-betterment.”  

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the February 2011 Indie Next List

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thorn MotherIssues | 2/14/2014

    " Highly recommended for the adoption reading challenge, though as with several other books I'm maybe stretching the "adoption" definition a bit. This is one (straight, white, American) man's story of how he got involved with an orphanage in Nepal and then ended up starting a foundation to help reunify the kids in that orphanage and other trafficked Nepalese children with their families. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by BeccaJane | 2/11/2014

    " LOVED everything about this book! HIGHLY recommend. I have been to Kathmandu and trekked the Annapurna circuit, so the Nepali people have a special place in my heart. I LOVED reading about the amazing work Conor and his colleagues did for the Nepali children. We need MORE people like him in this world. Making a real difference. What a wonderful book! I bought it on a whim for my birthday, and I am so glad I did! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margo | 2/10/2014

    " Another book that introduces us to a country rarely in the news, whose inner turmoils the news rarely covers with children whose plights we really get to know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 1/28/2014

    " A nice heartwarming story of the recovery of stolen Nepalese children, from their rescue and care to the discovery of their families and reestablished communications. It is appaling what some people do to children for financial advantage. I felt for the parents, who were often duped into believing what they were initially doing was for the benefit of their children, only to lose contact with them. It is hard to imagine the continued poverty and isloation in many parts of the world. It is also encouraging to know that there are many people who give theirselves to humanitarian efforts all over the globe. This story ends well, while so many others don't. I hope the book succeeds in garnering more attention and funds to improve life in Nepal and other impoverished nations. I think this book is better than THREE CUPS, and hopefully more truthful. "

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About the Author
Author Conor Grennan

Conor Grennan, author of the memoir Little Princes, spent eight years at the EastWest Institute (EWI), both in Prague and the EU Office in Brussels, where he served as Deputy Director for the Security and Governance Program. In 2004, he left EWI to travel the world and volunteer in Nepal. He would eventually return to Nepal and found Next Generation Nepal, an organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families and combating the root causes of child trafficking in rural villages in Nepal. He was based in the capital of Kathmandu until September 2007 where he was the Executive Director of Next Generation Nepal. Conor now serves on the Board of Next Generation Nepal, together with his wife Liz. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.