Melanie Sumrow

Author of Novels for Young Readers

Gentry lives inside a polygamous community confined by a wall that keeps the rest of the world outside. She and the other members must follow the rules the Prophet imposes from prison but soon his orders start verging on the extreme. Can Gentry find a way to protect herself and her family from the Prophet?


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2018 Writers' League of Texas Book Award Finalist


“Riveting and intriguing, The Prophet Calls is an unforgettable

coming-of-age story.”

~Shelf Awareness, Starred Review


“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











“While this setting may be unfamiliar to many readers, young people will relate to adolescents' natural yearnings to exert independence and their need to question adults' wisdom and authority in all matters."

~School Library Journal


“Sumrow crafts a captivating and memorable story with a protagonist who ultimately makes a harrowing, courageous decision."



“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.”




Praise for The Prophet Calls