I'm not Catholic. But many of my friends and students are. I know that all of the girls going to church school working towards their confirmation would really appreciate a Catholic teen fiction read like A Single Bead by Stephanie Engelman for a lot of reasons. One being that this read will show a little more appreciate for their religion and the power of prayer.
A year after sixteen-year-old Katelyn Roberts' grandmother dies in a plane crash, a single rosary bead (that included initials) is found from the rosary her grandmother had with her on the plane. Her mother has been in a deep dark depression since the tragic loss, causing Kate to lose her faith in God. Throughout the story, Kate talks to and meets other people who find her grandmother’s beads and share the miracles that have occurred, giving comfort to Kate and her family, helping her find her faith again.