A short stint in a Nepali orphanage develops into something far more for American Conor Grennan. The children turn out not to be orphans but trafficked children, abandoned or on-sold after their parents had originally paid for them to be taken to Katmandu for safekeeping so they would not be forced to join
the Maoist army. Caring for the children is one thing, risking his life to reunite the children with their families is another, and Conor is there, boots and all.
Written with refreshing honesty, this is a
captivating story that engages the reader every step of the journey to take these children home.
Really well written - an autobiography that reads like a novel. Uplifting and inspiring. Auckland 255
This book generated much discussion within the group. Most were inspired by the transformation of Conor and his commitment to making a difference in the lives of another "stolen generation"! There was a variety of opinions on the style of writing but unity that this book was a great read for book groups. Richmond 005
Interesting and thought provoking. Raised some issues and controversy relating to methods of assisting poverty especially in the Third World. Dunedin 029
The group unreservedly and unanimously enjoyed this book. It seemed to have everything. Gore 001
A wide ranging discussion on how an individual can make a change. Leithfield 001
Our group loved this book and felt it was one of the best we had read. An insight into local culture and traditions, the determination and devotion of a volunteers, combined with his compassion and desire to help the children saw him grow over the years. We felt emotion and heartache, as well as enjoying the love he shared.
Group thoroughly enjoyed the book and the writer's style - honest and with humour. Made for a lively discussion and insight into life and troubles in Nepal.
A Tibetan story which we all found interesting and enjoyable. Simply told with deep insights into how different people cope with unbelievable challenges with humour, courage and belief.
Everyone in the group thought this was an engaging read. We all learnt more about Nepal and enjoyed the descriptions of the author's interactions with the children.
Very good start to the year. All thoroughly enjoyed this book. All kinds of emotions involved, but couldn't put it down.
Being parentless, homeless, stateless and with no way out, yet still laughing and giving of themselves, is hard to imagine.
Funnier than we expected. Gave us an education on that part of the world. Commendable young man.
Everyone really enjoyed this book. It was a gripping tale of the endurance of a poor people and their children. Also painted a wonderful picture of the culture and country.
Our group learned a lot about Nepal after reading this book. The setting up of a charity was also a good topic for discussion. A couple of members contacted the author and are still in touch with the charity and receive updates about the children throughout the year.
A very mixed reaction - some loved it and some couldn't get into it at all. The people who loved it found it very inspirational, but others did not find the author very credible and didn't enjoy his writing style.
Everyone found the book thought provoking and inspiring. It was a gripping book, and hard to put down. There was no attempt to make Conor or any of the other people working in Nepal appear to be anything other than human. Yet they succeed in their small way in making a difference.
All enjoyed the book. A well-written, 'feel good' story which also prompted discussion about Nepalese history, and the struggles before and since the overthrow of the Royal family.
We all absolutely loved this book. Amazing what Conor achieved when he was so young. It certainly gave you an insight into child trafficking and the widespread nature of it, plus the difficulty of managing the problem.
Once again, we thoroughly enjoyed this book. Uplifting story portraying the great commitment of one person and how he made a difference. We could all relate to the simple theme of love, care, shelter and how families are the basis of our society.
We loved this book - an amazing story and an amazing man. Very well written, heart breaking and insightful.
Very bingeable. It sounds like it would be a miserable read but it is an interesting and heart-warming read. We were all glad we read it. You can get follow up information by looking at the NGN newsletters on their website and seeing the work that has been done since the book.