The Prophet Calls (Hardcover)

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Laura's November 2018 pick

Not for the faint of heart, this book centers on Gentry, a young girl growing up in a polygamous Mormon cult in New Mexico. The storys shows all aspects of her community's faith, from the good to the bad to the downright ugly. Despite the heavy nature of its topic, The Prophet Calls has some truly wonderful moments of levity, beauty, and kindness. It also deals with the intersection of disability and faith, as Gentry's younger sister has Down Syndrome.

To be honest, I read this book in one day, in a single sitting. It is poignant and powerful, and I was unable to put it down. I cannot stress how much I want absolutely everyone to read it. It's Melanie Sumrow's debut, and I hope she writes more. There is something breathtakingly important about this book, something I don't quite have a name for.

— From Laura


Gentry Forrester feels lucky to live among God's chosen people in the Prophet's compound, but when music is outlawed, Gentry and her older brother, Tanner, sneak out of the community. When they return, all bets are off as the Prophet exercises his control.

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.

About the Author

Melanie Sumrow is a middle grade and young adult author. The Prophet Calls is her debut novel. Find out more about her at

Praise For…

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, Newbery-winning author of Hello, Universe
Product Details
ISBN: 9781499807554
ISBN-10: 1499807554
Publisher: Yellow Jacket
Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English