In class, we have been introduced to a new assignment. We were given a list of books to choose from based on real-world issues and got to read them. The novel I am reading for this assignment is Little Princes, by Conor Grennan. This book is based on the issue of child trafficking in developing countries, in this case Nepal. I decided to read this book, because it seemed to be an inspiring story about a man traveling to help the orphans in Nepal during a civil war. Another reason I picked this book was because on the back it says, "A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to Next Generation Nepal." This was what gave me the final push to buying Little Princes. Next Generation Nepal is a nonprofit organization the author of this book, and the one who traveled to volunteer in Nepal, created. The organization reconnects trafficked children to their family. Before I began reading this book, I had no idea what child trafficking was, as it isn't something you often hear about where I am from.
So far in this novel, I haven't had any questions about what is happening. I am just in shock about the first part of the book. When Conor started volunteering he accidentally gave a child a bit too much shampoo, which was a normal amount for himself - about the size of a quarter. "His eyes grew wide at the apparently enormous pool of shampoo in his hand." (P. 24 Little Prices C.G.) This was an eye opener for me, because you don't realize how much we use compared to these children.
The characters that have been introduced so far were Connor, the twenty-nine year old volunteer at an orphanage in Nepal. Deepak, a man responsible for the orientation of volunteers in Nepal. Hari and Jen, two volunteers in the orientation that were mentioned, but without great detail. Susmita, a young deaf girl that was part of Conor's 'host family'. Raju, Hriteek, Anish, Nuraj, Nishal, Santosh, Bikash, Dawa were the boys of the orphanage that have been introduced so far. Yangani and Priya are the only girls, Priya is Raju's sister. Sandra, founder and operator of Little Prices Children's Home originally from France. Jenny, Chris, Farid are other volunteers at the orphanage from around the world.