Thursday, October 7, 2010

"The Golden Pathway" by Donna M. McDine - Virtual Book Tour & Review

The Golden Pathway
Author: Donna M. McDine
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781616330880
Genre: Children's nonfiction, slavery

About the Book (from author's blog):

"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."

My Thoughts

This beautifully illustrated book is about a boy, David, who knows that his father's cruelty towards his slaves is wrong. He risks his father's wrath to help 16-year-old Jenkins by dressing his wounds after being beaten, again, by David's father. David's decision and bravery to help Jenkins escape brings to life this story of how slaves were helped by others to find their way to freedom.

A brilliantly written story suggested for ages 8-12 can be enjoyed by any age. The illustrations are large and bold, and support the story, creating interest and excitement. I personally enjoyed the story. I live very close to where the Underground Railroad ran and every day while riding to school, we passed a safe-house that was used to help those on their way to freedom.

I highly recommend this book. It would be a wonderful addition to any home school living history program.

About the Author

Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Donna’s stories and features have been published in many print and online publications, and her first book, The Golden Pathway, will be published through Guardian Angel Publishing. Ms. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Musing Our Children, and The National Writing for Children Center. Learn more about Donna at if you sign the guestbook, you’ll receive a FREE e-Book Write What Inspires You: Author Interviews, and and

This book was supplied by the author through Pump Up Your Book for me to honestly review. 


  1. Thank you for the absolutely wonderful book review. You've made my day, no my week! I look forward to stopping in throughout the day!

    Best wishes,

  2. Wow, terrific review!

    Donna, I recently learned I live near what was considered a designated end point of the Underground Railroad, the point where freedom was attained. It made your book take on a whole new meaning!

  3. Excellent review. I am so glad you enjoyed the book. So many people are homeschooling these days. It's great to see that you believe this will make a nice addition to your library.

    Beth, we have a private school in town that was also part of the Underground Railroad. History is all around us when we aren't too busy to look for it. Thanks for stopping by.

    Thanks again for the great review.


  4. That's a wonderful review and recommendation! Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Wow! Great review! A book like this is wonderful because it teaches as it entertains./ Congrats Donna on such a raving review! Well deserved.



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