The Prophet Calls

The Prophet Calls

Born into a polygamous community in the foothills of New Mexico, Gentry Forrester feels lucky to live among God?s chosen. Here, she lives 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 Prophe Born into a polygamous community in the foothills of New Mexico, Gentry Forrester feels lucky to live among God...

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Title:The Prophet Calls
Author:Melanie Sumrow
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1499807554
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Prophet Calls Reviews

  • Ginger
    May 16, 2018
    This book will leave you aching for girls caught in circumstances beyond their control. This book will leave you cheering for Gentry. So well-written. Such a page-turner. A fantastic debut. ...
  • Carmen Liffengren
    Feb 05, 2019
    Since I have read memoirs like The Sound of Gravel and The Polygamist's Daughter, I came to The Prophet Calls knowing what to expect: polygamy, dysfunctional families, poverty, and an over-arching controlling community. The only time Gentry Forrester feels free is when she plays he...
  • Lauren- The Smile Lines
    Sep 18, 2018
    @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing a review copy of this #mglit book. . LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! The Prophet Calls is @melaniesumrow debut novel coming out on 11/6. . The story is about a polygamous community and all of the challenges the members go t...
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    May 08, 2018
    A fantastic debut, this book kept me gripped to the pages. ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Oct 18, 2018
    ARC provided by publisher Gentry lives with her very extended family in a small community in New Mexico. They are led by the Prophet, and her father is one of the elders in the community. He has three wives, and many children who attend school in the Prophets house, since he has...
  • Valerie McEnroe
    Jul 07, 2019
    Adult rating: 4 stars Kid rating: 2 stars While this book doesn't mention the FLDS (Fundamental Latter Day Saints) religion specifically, everything that happens also happened in the real polygamist town of Colorado City, Arizona. Gentry has just turned 13. Her household has on...
  • Amber K.
    Dec 08, 2018
    Wow. This was really, really good. I couldn?t put it down and was completely immersed in this world. Gentry lives in a polygamous community in New Mexico and is supposed to ?keep sweet? and avoid anything ?evil? from the outside world. The word behind her guarded communit...
  • Breannah Morgan
    Dec 13, 2018
    Such a wonderful debut! I couldn?t put this down. I look forward to another novel from Sumrow. ...
  • Sandy
    Jan 01, 2019
    Gentry lives in Watchful, a community in New Mexico, with her 3 moms, 21 brothers/sisters and 80 cousins while the Prophet is in Texas, in prison. There are other families living in this compound, all of them are one of God?s Chosen according to the Prophet. They have been warned abo...
  • R.L.
    May 25, 2018
    An emotionally adventurous tale, this story features life in a religious compound, under the thumb of a Prophet and the stifling expectations of a polygamous community. This is life as "God's chosen people." The problem, however, is that Gentry Forrester is not only a strong-willed 13-...
  • Melinda Brasher
    May 20, 2019
    A good?and disturbing?story. I thought the writing and plot were good, the topic grimly fascinating. I loved the relationship between the main character and her sister Amy. The family dynamics were interesting in general. I found the mother very puzzling?but in a good way. The...
  • Polly Holyoke
    Jun 12, 2018
    Melanie Sumrow?s powerful debut novel, The Prophet Calls, is a coming of age story with a fascinating setting. Raised in an isolated polygamous community in New Mexico, Gentry Forrester adores her family and her music. More than anything, Gentry longs to play her violin at the Sante ...
  • Lisa Boyd
    Feb 10, 2019
    I read this entire book in one sitting. I loved it. This is my favorite book I?ve read in a long time. Excellent middle grade fiction that would crossover to YA easily. Polygamy, discrimination, one of the most positive wonderful portrayals of a disabled character (even though sh...
  • Brad McLelland
    May 21, 2018
    One word: HAUNTING. Gentry's story won't just tug at your heart, it'll stick in your mind and make you think for days. I'm definitely placing this one on my "To Read Again" list, if only to analyze a little more deeply how Sumrow captured such a complex idea -- the notion of a polygamo...
  • Juana
    Jan 01, 2019
    I couldn?t wait to read this book! It sounded so good. It did not disappoint! It?s a great book for both adults and young adults alike. It could even have a sequel and that would be great!! ...
  • Jolynne Dougherty
    Jun 21, 2019
    This was an interesting book and topic. All the reviews of it that I have seen are written by adults. I would be curious to get a youth's perspective on this book. It is marketed to middle grade audiences. I believe that it would be more appropriate for YA audiences. I had many ques...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Jan 08, 2019
    The Prophet Calls by Melanie Sumrow, 278 pages. Yellow Jacket (Little Bee), 2018. $17. Language: G; Mature Content: PG (polygamy); Violence: PG (some hitting) BUYING ADVISORY: MS ? OPTIONAL, HS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Gentry,13, has lived in a polygamous comm...
  • Katie Reilley
    Dec 19, 2018
    Thank you to the author for sharing an ARC of this story with our #bookexpedition group. Truthfully, I could not put this book down. Fully truthful...it was really hard for me to read this book without my bias getting in the way. Gentry is a thirteen year old ?woman? who liv...
  • Hema Penmetsa
    Jun 08, 2018
    I have been lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of THE PROPHET CALLS before its publication, which is set for November 6th of 2018. The very second sentence of the book, which says, ?In the shade of the general store, my three mothers shake their heads i...
  • Hallie
    Aug 06, 2018
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book- all opinions are my own. The Prophet Calls is an excellent debut middle grade novel that provides a glimpse into a world that many readers are unfamiliar with. Gentry is a 13 year old girl who lives in a polyga...
  • Laney Nielson
    Apr 07, 2018
    Set in a polygamous community in New Mexico, this upper middle grade story is beautifully written and compellingly told. At its center is Gentry, a thirteen year old girl whose love of music (she plays the violin) stirs her feelings and gives her a glimpse of the outside world. As the ...
  • Kay Carman
    Dec 31, 2018
    This is good-enough storytelling but I found the plot so sickening that I couldn't just sit back and enjoy the unfolding of the story. I'm particularly interested in J and YA fiction that includes a depiction of religion in young people's lives. When I read the review of The Prophe...
  • Luciana
    Jan 20, 2019
    What an interesting read! It's a story about a 13 year old who is born in a cult in which the Prophet dictates what is right and what is wrong. Gentry feels very fortunate to be a part of God's chosen as they are taught that the outside world is evil, that the more wives and childre...
  • Cassie Thomas
    Jul 02, 2018
    I have never read anything like The Prophet Calls, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy the story. Think student level Handmaid's Tale. I found myself feeling completely emotional in wanting to help children in circumstances such as Gentry's that are beyond their control. I felt disgus...
  • Kristin Crouch
    Dec 28, 2018
    Riveting window into an entirely different lifestyle. Gentry was born into a polygamous community in New Mexico. I must admit that my weakness would be not knowing how much of the story is realistic, but to me, it seemed very real and well researched. At age 13, Gentry is beginning t...
  • Mrs. Notton Class
    Apr 24, 2019
    The book, The Prophet Calls, by Melanie Sumrow follows the story of a girl named Gentry and she receives a new violin on her thirteenth birthday. She always wanted to be violinist and wants to play in the Santa Fe Music Festival with her brother, Tanner. The problem was that afterwards...
  • Anne O'Brien Carelli
    Jun 05, 2018
    I received an ARC in exchange for a review and I'm glad I had a long ride so I could read it right through. I kept reading parts of it out loud to the driver. This book is compelling on many levels - not only because it's based on reality, but because it's beautifully written and moves...
  • Elise
    Jul 03, 2018
    Received this as an ARC because I'm a bookseller. Amazing! Also quite a quick read. Made me want to know more about polygamous communities. Hopefully this book helps others who have an interest in or experience living in these types of communities speak out (for better or worse--but le...
  • Mr
    Jul 08, 2019
    I AM SQUEALING WITH DELIGHT OVER THIS SPECTACULAR BOOK!!!! Gentry is such a relatable protagonist, and since I also play the violin, I feel her even more. I got chills running up my spine as Gentry and her family and friends listened to the Prophet calling from jail. Why is he in jail?...
  • Emily Tyler
    Apr 25, 2019
    5 stars! I don't read a lot of middle grade, so I don't have much to compare this book to, but it blew me away. It's such a great story with amazing characters and amazing character development. (Before reading, be aware that a lot of the content and more violent scenes are really o...