A Single Bead

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A Single Bead

A Single Bead On the anniversary of the plane crash that took the life of her beloved grandmother and threw her own mother into a deep depression year old Katelyn Marie Roberts discovers a single bead from her

  • Title: A Single Bead
  • Author: Stephanie Engelman
  • ISBN: 9780819890542
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
  • On the anniversary of the plane crash that took the life of her beloved grandmother and threw her own mother into a deep depression, 16 year old Katelyn Marie Roberts discovers a single bead from her grandmother s rosary a rosary lost in the crash A chance encounter with a stranger, who tells Katelyn that a similar bead saved her friend s life, launches Katelyn and her fOn the anniversary of the plane crash that took the life of her beloved grandmother and threw her own mother into a deep depression, 16 year old Katelyn Marie Roberts discovers a single bead from her grandmother s rosary a rosary lost in the crash A chance encounter with a stranger, who tells Katelyn that a similar bead saved her friend s life, launches Katelyn and her family on a quest to find the other missing beads Their mysterious journey, filled with glimmers of hope, mystical events, and unexplained graces takes them further into the unknown Katelyn turns to the Rosary for answers and soon finds that family, prayer, and the help of others may be the key to restoring what was lost.

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    1. Sarah on said:

      A Single Bead, by Stephanie Engelman, is not only well written: it tells a good story and taps into the heart of the reader.It's good fiction that has Catholic themes. If you're not Catholic, you'll still enjoy it. If you are Catholic, you'll "get" it.The storyline explores death and prayer, but in a completely natural way. It also considers how adults don't have it all together, how families, though imperfect, can pull together through hardship, and ways to pray and not be a total dork about it [...]

    2. Cynthia on said:

      Every aspect of this book is beautiful: cover, font choices, formatting, and writing. This Catholic novel is marketed as young adult, and the main character is sixteen years old. However, the clean content and easy-to-read text (though expertly written) might be appropriate for a good reader as young as ten years old or in fifth grade. At the same time, it is a worthwhile read for adults.The story is powerful, filled with family drama and human emotion. I love the young protagonist, Kate, and th [...]

    3. Christine on said:

      A "summer read" for the tween/teen girl in your life. It's smart and sassy with very real characters. No perfect Catholic girls, here. The storyline is great, and very moving at times. I teared up on occasion!I'm taking two stars away because it still manages to get "preachy" at times in a few paragraphs that are easily skimmed.Oh! I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hope that I would provide a (complimentary) review. Free books aren't necessarily good books, though, and my opini [...]

    4. Steven R. McEvoy on said:

      This book took me completely by surprise. It is a wonderfully written story. I really did not know anything about the book other than that it was on a recommended list. The list highlighted 30 Catholic YA books in 30 days. I first say this list posted by Susan Peek, she posted a list of Catholic Teen Fiction a day for June, I believe that the list originally comes from Theresa Linden. Of the 30 books in the list I have already read and reviewed over half. And have picked up a few more. But to be [...]

    5. Emily on said:

      This book is a wonderful testament to the power of prayer, the power of faith, and the power of family. I would highly recommend this book to any Catholic teens or tweens. It would make an excellent Confirmation present. Pauline Books and Media provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    6. Emily Davis on said:

      If I could give ten stars, I would. Just saying!A Single Bead, by Stephanie Engleman,A Single Bead is indeed a very powerful book. Written with teen girls in mind, I feel it is appropriate for age 6th grade and up. The story is about losing hope and faith, and finding a way back to the Church through a series of miraculous events.The death of a parent or grandparent is devastating, to say the least. Kate, the leading character in the book, finds herself the target of her mother’s anger and dep [...]

    7. Jim Midgley on said:

      The plot of this clever story is based on an ingenious idea. The protagonist's grandmother dies in an airplane crash, and the beads of her rosary are scattered over a wide area of the crash site. When some of the beads wind up in the hands of people who never knew the grandmother, miracles occur in their lives. The idea gives me goose bumps. The characters and their conflicts are believable, and you want to keep reading, in order to find out about the next stray bead, and to find out how the pro [...]

    8. Barb on said:

      In this new YA novel, a teenage girl finds faith in an unlikely way: through the stories of others who have been touched by the prayers of her grandmother, killed in a plane crash a year ago. This compelling story is appropriate for students in grades 5 and up and challenges the reader to lay aside the idea that a prayer or a sacramental can be a "magical" thing. It is refreshing to read about an extended family whose life is centered on faith.My review is based on an advance reader copy of the [...]

    9. Cathy on said:

      I am the publicist for this author. This debut teen title deals with tragedy, grief and faith in varying stages. When Kate's grandmother dies in a tragic plane crash, she finds a bead from her grandmother's rosary at the crash site during the memorial service one year later. After a chance encounter with a stranger, Kate embarks on a journey to find the lost rosary beads. As she and her large extended family family delve deeper into the mystery surrounding the beads, their travels take them on a [...]

    10. Elizabeth Marie on said:

      I really enjoyed reading this book and found myself anxiously turning the pages. It's a beautiful experience that begins when Kate finds a single bead. We follow her as she uncovers the mystery of the beads, but even more we accompany her on a faith journey as she discovers the mystery of her own life, of her faith and family. When you finish this book you will have deepened or awakened a special devotion to Mary and the rosary.

    11. Shawna on said:

      Tightly written story about a teenager exploring her faith after her grandmother dies. It reminds me of Davita's Harp by Chaim Potok although the main character was younger. It's rare to see a good story written so appropriately for a YA audience. I know the author who grew up in my neighborhood and her sister is one of my best friends. Bravo Stephanie! I hope to read many more from you!

    12. Anna on said:

      I devoured this book in a matter of hours. While it was a little trite, I chalked that up to being YA and easily got over it for the beauty of the story. I look forward to sending it on to my niece and recommending it to anyone who will listen.

    13. Jen on said:

      A touching story about faith and the power of prayer. It was a much needed spiritual pick me up.

    14. Susan Peek on said:

      Have you ever read a book that you felt was written just for you? Like somehow God put exactly the story you needed to read into an author's head, so it could be written? That's how I felt when reading Stephanie Engelman's beautiful young adult novel, "A Single Bead."From the very first page, I couldn't put it down. It opens with Kate -- a teenage girl who, although a Catholic, does not have a close relationship with God-- as she and her extended family visit the field where her grandmother died [...]

    15. Leslea Wahl on said:

      A Single Bead by Stephanie Engelman, is a beautiful young adult novel that centers around a family in need and a special rosary that affects the lives around them.This engaging story touches on very real and difficult issues such as loss and depression while focusing on the power of prayer and the importance of family.I was intrigued with the main character, Katelyn, and how she was influenced not only by the crisis of faith in her own personal family but also the very strong beliefs held by her [...]

    16. Jean on said:

      My 7th grade daughter and I love this book! It belongs on the "must read" list of every Catholic kid aged 10 and up. I'm planning on buying a bunch of copies to give to various friends and family members. This story is so meaningful in that it gives solid examples of how miraculous things happen, especially when praying the rosary, to regular people in every-day-normal-life situations. I can't recommend it enough!

    17. Rachael Carter on said:

      this is a wonderful read. I am not a Catholic so some of the stuff said in the book I did not understand at all. the jist of the book is Faith and hope and GOD. through prayers and him anything is possible. it's a great read for someone that is struggling with anything in life. it gives you hope and some understanding to bring a person through.

    18. Dianne Helwig on said:

      If I could give this book more stars I would. Totally inspirational and full of hope.

    19. Katy on said:

      I'm often leery of contemporary YA fiction in present tense with a first person POV. I have been unable to finish several because the MC came off as whiny. But Engleman's voice is perfect for the story, and her 16 year old MC Katelyn is so believable and likeable, I wondered if the author had based her on a real person. Her family's situation is real and heart-breaking, but hope is woven into this story on every page. While dealing honestly with the real problem of depression, A Single Bead is a [...]

    20. Virginia Pillars on said:

      I thought Stephanie captured the thought processes of a young girl. I liked how the adults in the main character's life helped her work her way through the difficulties in her life, to understand the events that happened around her, and through that process, she deepened her faith. I wish every young person had such people to turn to during their times of confusion. I received this book as a gift during the Catholic Writers Guild Live Conference in 2016. I'm grateful to have the chance to read t [...]

    21. Carolyn on said:

      You might think a book about rosary beads would be a little dull. Maybe a little dry, dusty, and dated. You'd be wrong.A Single Bead by Stephanie Engelman is real, relevant, and, in spots, riveting. It doesn't gloss over the suffering from which none of us escape. Kate, whose immediate family is marginally Catholic, at best, is grieving the loss of her grandmother. More troubling, however, is her mother's inability to cope as she sinks into a pit of depression.A single bead provides hope to Kate [...]

    22. Brian Kiczek on said:

      A powerful exciting novel called “A Single Bead” by Stephanie Engelman who weaves a wonderful fictional account of a young girl and her family that is transformed through the power of the Rosary.The story starts with a young girl Katelyn who finds her grandmother’s Rosary bead that was lost in the airplane crash that took her grandmother from her. The bead was her own bead that the grandmother had made for each of her relatives so that she could pray for them when she prayed her Rosary. Fi [...]

    23. Christian Barda on said:

      Congratulations! You have just found the single greatest book! A Single Bead is an amazing book that tells a story of both faith and hope. I have to put this on my "favorite" list. Ms. Engelman truly wrote a masterpiece! This book relives how a teen feels when crisis hits. While and after reading this book, you feel inspired to pray more often and expand your faith. The content inside couldn't have been worded as well as Ms. Engelman has. I would recommend this mostly to people in 5th-8th grade [...]

    24. Sarah on said:

      This book has mental illness in it. That said, I'm really sensitive about that topic.I was very upset when Katelyn refers to a psychiatric hospital as a "loony bin" and says that she thought her mom was "stronger than that". So mentally ill people are weak? Would Katelyn say that if Teresa broke her ankle? Humph. Also, she calls her mother in her depressed state "an empty shell of a woman". Not okay. Besides those points, it was very good. Katelyn learns the power of the Rosary and how God is al [...]

    25. Wendy on said:

      Wow! What a beautiful story!! While the story is of a Catholic nature, I think it would be a great faith renewing read for anyone. Character development is one of my favorite characteristics of a good book. Stephanie did an excellent job of giving the reader enough information and description about the characters and relationships without dragging it out. The book is short but very sweet! Highly recommend

    26. Beth Leonard on said:

      Wonderful book and inspirational story. Stephanie weaves just the right amount of darkness into her story to make it very real but always returns with a wave of light and hope. She is a great storyteller and creates for her readers both a friend and a mentor with her characters. You are giving more than a book to a girl when you choose Stephanie's "A Single Bead." Great work!

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