This realistic, powerful story of family, bravery, and following your dreams is a can’t-miss, debut middle-grade novel from Melanie Sumrow.
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 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?
“[A] sensitive, intelligent and carefully nuanced glimpse of life in a polygamist, fundamentalist community. Riveting and intriguing…[a]n unforgettable coming-of-age story.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review
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