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Win a copy of this book! See rules below!
Life seems to get in the way sometimes, especially when it comes to reading books. Personally, I love to read books but (excuses, excuses) can hardly find the time to dedicate to a good novel. When I started reading Little Princes, I was immediately drawn into the vivid images that author Conor Grennan so wonderfully played out.
"When I wasn't lying on the side of the trail, winded and dry-heaving from altitude sickness, I managed to take a lot of photos. There was no shortage of things to photograph: the trek up to Base Camp was spectacular. Every step is a step skyward, through simple Buddhist villages that seem to be glued to the sides of impossibly tall mountains."
This book is quite a page-turner and very hard to put down. Even when I was busy (giving my 4 year old son a bath) it was the first thing I grabbed to pass the time. As a mother, I had a strong connection to the children in this book and the struggle they went through to reunite their family which was torn apart by child traffickers. Yes, needless to say, I did cry quite a few times. It's a very touching story even when it seems like there isn't going to be a happy ending, it turns around for the best. The pictures provided in the book are a very welcome and appreciated addition. Putting faces with names really brings home the message of this story. Maps can also be found inside the front and back cover which really emphasizes the distance that Conor and others had to travel in order to accomplish their mission. The lasting effects of this book? Next Generation Nepal, a non-profit started by Conor, accomplished the following:
- Found the families of over 300 trafficked children and reconnecting them through regularly facilitated communication.
- Assessed local economic, political, educational, and health conditions in 52 villages to determine viability of child reunification.
- Permanently reunited 35 children with their families.
- Opened a second transitional home in Humla district, a region significantly impacted by the loss of children to trafficking.
- Returned 25 children to their birth district in April 2010.
- Supporting over 50 trafficked children ages 3-17 in home care environments
- Developed partnerships with over six local and international organizations working on child protection and community development as trafficking prevention.
Since being published in 2010, this book took the crown for Best Travel & Outdoors book of 2011 in the Goodreads Readers Choice Awards, and was shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, which recognizes the power of the written word to promote peace. Little Princes also hit the New York Times bestseller list and was a #1 bestseller in Canada. It is available in hardcover or paperback for under $20 and a portion of the proceeds go directly to Next Generation Nepal. If that's not enough to get you interested, 112 out of 128 reviewers on Amazon rated it at 5 stars!
For more information about the book Little Princes or Grennan's non-profit Next Generation Nepal, check out the following links:
Open to U.S. residents only, sorry friends in far away places 🙁 Thanks to William Morrow and HarperCollins Publishers, 5 paperback copies are available for the 5 people with the most touching stories and photos of their volunteer work with kids home or abroad. Did you spend time in Africa? What about inner city Chicago? Help kiddos read at a local school? Big brother, big sister? What have you done that has impacted the lives of young people? Submit your photos and story to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wed., Jan. 11th to win! All stories will be published on our facebook page and fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite by Sat., Jan. 14th.