The Prophet Calls
Hardcover – November 6, 2018
Born into a polygamous community in the foothills of New Mexico, Gentry Forrester feels lucky to live among God's chosen, apart from the outside world and its "evils."
On her thirteenth birthday, Gentry receives a new violin from her father and, more than anything, she wants to play at the Santa Fe Music Festival with her brother, Tanner. But then the Prophet calls from prison and announces he has outlawed music in their community and now forbids women to leave.
Determined to play, Gentry and Tanner sneak out. But once they return, the Prophet exercises control from prison, and it has devastating consequences for Gentry and her family. Soon, everything Gentry has known is turned upside down. She begins to question the Prophet's teachings and his revelations, especially when his latest orders put Gentry's family in danger. Can Gentry find a way to protect herself and her family from the Prophet and escape the only life she's ever known?
This realistic, powerful story of family, bravery, and following your dreams is a can't-miss debut novel from Melanie Sumrow.
"Readers will love Gentry Forrester--a brave girl who questions the world around her and finds her own answers. A fantastic debut by Melanie Sumrow." --Erin Entrada Kelly, 2018 Newbery Medal Winner
"Sumrow crafts a captivating and memorable story with a protagonist who ultimately makes a harrowing, courageous decision." --Booklist
"Gentry is a protagonist you can't help but cheer for, and her journey from fear to doubt to empowerment is powerful, affecting and not to be missed." --BookPage
About the Author
Melanie Sumrow received her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and has maintained a long-term interest in studying world religions. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a lawyer for more than 16 years, with many of her cases involving children and teens. Learn more about her at melaniesumrow.com.