Born into a polygamous community in the foothills of New Mexico, Gentry Forrester feels lucky to live among Gods 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 Prophet cal...
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The Prophet Calls Reviews
“But I feel so torn. I know what’s right, so why doesn’t it feel right?”
Gentry lives in a polygamy community where she lives apart from the outside world and it’s “evils”. There are rules upon rules that the Prophet has professed and are strictly enforced by the God Squad. Gentry has always followed them, but resisted within her mind.
Gentry and her brother, Tanner, are invited to perform at a local art festival. The night before the event the Prophet calls to outlaw music and says that women ar ...more
A fantastic debut, this book kept me gripped to the pages.
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 polygamist community in New Mexico and is now facing the challenge of being considered a woman and no longer a little girl. Melanie Sumrow has written a powerful book about a girl at a crossroads. She carefully documents Gen ...more
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 along swiftly. I was with Gentry, the MC, from the very beginning and was always anxious to see what was on the next page. It should be made clear that no there's no judgement in this book - just the story about G ...more
The Prophet Calls is a story about a polygamist cult in New Mexico. It is a middle grade book and approaches all that you can imagine would be involved in that lifestyle with a middle grade lens. It is a page turner, the action never stops and several times I got pretty worried for the MC. The adults in the story don’t do anything to help the kids and so thirteen year old Gentry and her siblings have to rescue themselves from the life they were born into.
For awhile its unclear if Gentry will ac ...more
This is a fascinating, harrowing look at faith gone very wrong. Despite the austere and oppressive setting, the book is not grim and bleak. We care about the characters even as we recoil at the world they are forced to live in. We cheer them as they question the foundations of that world when their conscience tells them that everything they have been taught is wrong. A relevant fable filled with hope.
Gentry and her brother and sister live in a compound controlled by The Prophet who is in prison. She is part of a polygamous family (her mother is the second of three wives) with 21 children. She and her brother have entered a contest to play violin at a Festival but when she turns 13 the community tells her that since she is now a woman she can’t go. Will she?
This riveting book explores the world of the cult, the fear of outsiders and the power wielded by the men in control. I was spellbound.
You can't help but root for Gentry as her family and her world falls apart. Seeing Gentry's community through her eyes, you feel compassion but also horror at this dystopian setting turned real. Packed with a surprising amount of plot twists and turns, this book is sure to entice even the more reluctant reader to keep going. While handling the topic of polygamy delicately, it teaches a valuable lesson about standing up and speaking out. This is a book I could not put down. I am excited for this ...more