Monday, September 27, 2010

The Golden Pathway

I am delighed to host Donna McDine on her Virtual Book Tour for her debut book, The Golden Pathway. Donna is a dear friend that I met on the Internet. Our relationship, though long distance, is everything a friendship should be. She is a talented author and she's always there to help other writers achieve their goals. Here's a short bio of my cyber daughter. (We have nicknames for each other. I'm Donna's cyber mother.)

Donna McDine is an award-winning children's author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions. Donna’s stories and features have been published in many print and online publications and her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna has two more books under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing, The Hockey Agony and Powder Monkey or Boy. She writes, moms and is the Publicist Intern for The National Writing for Children Center and Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Musing Our Children.



Learn more about Donna at: http://www.donnamcdine.com/. Sign the guestbook, you’ll receive a FREE e-Book Write What Inspires You: Author Interviews, http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com/ , and http://www.thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com/
 
Now I'd like to share with you my review of Donna's book.
 
Title:  The Golden Pathway
Author:  Donna M. McDine
Illus.: K. C. Snider
ISBN: 1616330813 (Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1616330811 (Paperback)
ISBN: 1616330880 (Hardback)
ISBN: 978-1616330880 (Hardback)
Copyright 2010
26 pages
Ages 8-12
 
THE GOLDEN PATHWAY Review

Donna M. McDine

Illustrator K. C. Snider


The Golden Pathway, Donna M. McDine’s debut book, is an historical fiction story that takes young readers back in time to the era when the Underground Railroad was active in America. Children will discover a most unlikely hero when they meet David, the boy whose father calls him a sissy, but who proves how brave he really is.


David listens to the screams coming from the barn as his pa beats a slave. After the screams stop, he sneaks to the barn to tend Jenkins’ wounds. David has treated the welts on his back before, and he knows his pa is wrong. David promises Jenkins he’ll help him escape. And he has a plan.


Using vivid language and descriptions, the author gives readers a glimpse of life during the days of slavery, placing the reader in the setting of the story, feeling the pain and fear the slave feels, and the sadness mixed with determination that David feels. K. C. Snider’s illustrations further bring the story to life, portraying David’s emotions and the landscape perfectly.


Once children have read about David and the part he played in the Underground Railroad, they’ll be eager to find other stories to enhance what they’ve learned in The Golden Pathway. I know Ms. McDine’s story has aroused my interest in this time period. A bibliography of the author’s research is provided for additional reading, and an author’s note explains how “codes” were used to help the slaves to freedom. This short book would make a nice addition to elementary school classrooms to supplement history lessons. I also recommend it not only for young readers, but their parents and grandparents as well, who might learn some surprising facts themselves the way I did. A very nice debut book.

23 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting Donna today, Bev. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. I'm hoping schools will pick this one up. I also hope your readers will take a moment to find out more about Donna andThe Golden Pathway.

    Thanks again.

    Cheryl

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  2. It sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing it!

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  3. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for hosting Donna on your blog, Bev.

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  4. Great review for a book that kids will not only love but will learn a piece of history from too. Thanks for hosting Donna. She is a talented author with much to share.

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  5. Hello Beverly:

    Thank you very much for the heartwarming intro. You've made my day and along with your wonderful review it's sure to be a terrific day.

    I'll be checking in throughout the day to interact with our visitors and of course will leave an additional comment for those who have visited already!

    Thank you!

    Warm regards (cyber mom),
    Donna

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  6. PK, Kai and Terri:

    Thank you for taking the time out to visit today and for your supportive comments. I appreciate your interest. You all make me blush!

    Best wishes,
    Donna

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  7. The book sounds great! It would be a terrific educational tool as well. Thanks for sharing it.

    Kevin

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  8. I already have Donna's book and it's on my Christmas gift shelf. My niece will love it.

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  9. Donna, I'm delighted to be a part of your tour and share your story with my readers.

    Cheryl, thanks for asking me.

    PK, kai, terri,and kevin, appreciate you stopping by and leaving your comments.

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  10. It will make great Christmas gifts for young readers, C Lee. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Beverly,

    Great review of Donna's book.
    Nicole Weaver
    http://www.melangeofcultures.wordpress.com

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  12. Kevin, Lee, and Nicole:

    Thank you for your wonderful support. The positive feedback is priceless!

    Best wishes,
    Donna

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  13. Thanks Bev for hosting Donna! It's always a joy learning more about talented authors!

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  14. Hi Nicole and Nancy,

    Thanks for your nice support of Donna, and for your kind words about my review, Nicole. I appreciate your comments.

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  15. The book sounds lovely. The underground railroad is such an important part of American history. Thanks to Donna, and thank you, Beverly, for a wonderful interview.

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  16. Nancy and Salarsen:

    Thank you for stopping by and for your interest. I always nice to stay connected and to make new connections.

    Best wishes,
    Donna

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  17. Thanks for sharing your review of The Golden Pathway. It would be awesome if schools and libraries made sure this one is added to their collections.

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  18. Hi Salarsen. I appreciate you stopping by to support Donna. Thanks for your kind words about my review.
    Have a good week.

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  19. It's a lovely book to review, Susanne. I agree that schools could use it for supplemental reading in their classes. Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. What a terrific way to engage students in learning more about U.S History! Kudos to Donna and to you, Beverly!

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  21. Hi Darby. Good to see you here. Thanks for your nice comment.

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  22. Thanks. It sounds a great book--just wish I still had kids. We meet some great friends on the internet.

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  23. I know what you're saying, Sheila. My kids are grown. Then along came the grandkids so I still have wee ones to buy books for. :)

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