Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Golden Pathway by Donna M. McDine (Book Tour)

Be transported through time to the Underground Railroad, where high-pitched screams echo each night. David’s cruel Pa always chooses the same victim. Despite the circumstances during slavery, David uncovers the courage to defy his Pa.

Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa.

Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David attempts to lead Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.

Suggested age range for readers: 8-12. Free Educator Guides Available.


Written By: Donna McDine
Illustrated by: K.C. Snider
Publication Date: August 12, 2010
Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Genre: Historical Fiction/Children’s Fiction (Ages 8-12)

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I will not recap what this book is about, I think the synopsis does a fine job of that.  There are so many positive things that I love about this book. 

The Golden Pathway is the perfect book to read to any 8-12 year old.  It shows a side of American history from a child's pov and that is rarely done.  This book can open the door to questions and discussions about the Underground Railroad and other aspects of this time period.  David's compassion for Jenkin's is heartfelt, he knows what is right and his desire to help (even though he knows the consequences if he is caught) is admirable. He is brave and determined to get Jenkin's away, he has a plan and figures out how to make it work.

This is a powerful book that is further enhanced with the colorful and moving illustrations. Not just a historical story but educational as well.  A must for classrooms and home libraries.

Praise for The Golden Pathway

“The Golden Pathway is a tale of compassion and courage. This book earns the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval, a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children’s Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.” –Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews

“The Golden Pathway is written specifically for children 8-12 years old and is written perfectly to their level of understanding. It is easy to comprehend and the plot flows smoothly. The illustrations are beautifully depicted and complement the wording immensely. I found this story to be powerful, inspiring and something that will provide children with a valuable lesson about slavery and freedom as part of American History. I can see this book also providing a valuable tool for children to ask questions and bring about important conversation. I feel strongly that this book is a must read for all children ages 8 and up.” –Rita V., Readers Favorite

“This story by author Donna M. McDine, with full-page, full-color illustrations by K. C. Snider, is an attention-grabbing way to introduce students to the fact that slavery once existed in this country and also illustrate how the “Underground Railroad” helped slaves to escape north so that they might gain their freedom. It is a great book.” –Wayne S. Walker, Home School Book Review

“Donna M. McDine is an award winning children’s author and it comes through in the book. The way she has handled such a delicate and emotional subject is really good. She has given a good twist to the tale in the end. The story imparts an important message to the children, of being courageous and yet compassionate towards fellow human beings. At the same time the story makes the children realize the plight people went through in those times.” -Benu Bali, Zealot Readers

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Donna McDine is a multiple award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, A Sandy Grave ~ Story Monster Approved and Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, The Golden Pathway ~ Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books.

Her interest in ocean life resulted in writing and publishing A Sandy Grave (January 2014). Other books by McDine, Powder Monkey (May 2013), Hockey Agony (January 2013) and The Golden Pathway (August 2010). A fifth book is in the publishing pipeline with Guardian Angel Publishing. She writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

For more information please visit Donna McDine’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

The Golden Pathway Blog Tour

Monday, August 25
Review at What Is That Book About
Tuesday, August 26
Spotlight at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Wednesday, August 27
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Friday, August 29
Review at 100 Pages a Day – Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Wednesday, September 3
Review at Bookish
Thursday, September 4
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Friday, September 5
Review at Book Nerd
Review at A Leisure Moment
Monday, September 8
Review at Beth’s Book Nook
Review at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tuesday, September 9
Interview at Closed the Cover
Thursday, September 11
Review at Impressions in Ink
Review at Historical Tapestry
Friday, September 12
Review at Just One More Chapter
Wednesday, September 17
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

1 comment:

  1. Margaret,

    Thank you for your superb review of my historical fiction children's book about The Underground Railroad, The Golden Pathway. You've have set the tone for a terrific weekend. Thank you!

    May I be so bold and ask you to post at Amazon and Goodreads? If yes, the links…

    I appreciate your interest and time. BTW, please email at with your mailing address. I'd like to mail you a few bookmarks.

    Thanks and have a great weekend!