Sunday, October 24, 2010

Author Spotlight: Donna McDine and The Golden Pathway

High-pitched screams echo each night. David’s cruel Pa always chooses the same victim. Despite the circumstances during slavery, David uncovers 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 leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.

Read the Excerpt!

He clamped his hands over his ears, but it didn’t block the high-pitched screams from the barn. He knew they would stop. They always did. Yet, the silence scared David even more, knowing Pa would seek a new victim.

Thud. Thud. Pa’s heavy footsteps echoed on the porch.

Clank. The buckle from Pa’s belt hit the floor.

Buzz saw. Pa’s loud snores shook the windowpane.

David grabbed his boots and with shaky hands slid them on. His small size made it easy to hoist himself out the bedroom window and shimmy down the trellis. David did his best not to leave any footprints in Ma’s tomato garden. He made sure each night to leave the straw broom on the front porch leaning against the railing by the garden. David reached over the railing for the broom. He carefully brushed the dirt to hide his footprints, all the while backing out of the garden. Satisfied that he’d covered his tracks, David shook the dirt off the broom and placed it back on the porch.

If Pa found out what he was doing, he’d skin his hide for sure. David loved Pa, but he had to make this stop.

Read what they are saying about The Golden Pathway!

“The best thing about this book is that it raised other questions… Any book that can cause a child to crave more knowledge on a subject is a good one.”
–Lynn’s Reading Corner

“I thought this was a very well written story for children to understand.”
–Chrissy’s World of Books

“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.”
–Beverly Stowe McClure, author of Rebel in Blue Jeans, Just Breeze, and Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines

“A tale sure to inspire anyone who doubts their own courage”.
–Lori Calabrese, author of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade

“The Golden Pathway is a story about courage and friendship.”
–Renee Hand, author of The Crypto-Capers series and the award-winning, The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill: Case #1: The Great Pie Catastrophe

"I highly recommend the Golden Pathway to teachers, parents, and children. The story will be a valuable part of any classroom studying slavery in the US. In addition to being a good introduction to the history and life of the time, it will generate good discussion about the era, making it a valuable addition for libraries."
--A. R. Silverberry, award-winning author of Wyndano's Cloak

"This is definitely a book I would share with my children to help teach them what it means to care about other people."
--Debbie's Book Bag

"A great book that shows friendship and compassion even in children. I'm happy to add it to my children's reading shelves."
--A Moment with Mystee

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


Donna M. McDine said...


Thank you for hosting me and profiling The Golden Pathway today. I'm thrilled with the rave reviews David and Jenkins story has been receiving.

Best wishes,

Cheryl said...

I've been thrilled with the reviews too, Donna. It's a great book!

Best of luck,


Sheila Deeth said...

Lovely excerpt and you've got some great reviews there.

(Now, if I could just work out why all the text on this page is white on white... the magic of the selection tool let me read it.)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Another great stop on your tour, Donna. It's fun following you and your book to see where you go next.

Cheryl said...

Sheila, sorry you had a problem viewing Donna's spotlight. I find that Internet Explorer isn't always crazy about this new Blogger editor and the background doesn't always come up. Usually if you refresh a couple of times that changes. Sometimes I have to close IE and then reopen a window.

Bev, thanks for stopping by.


Beth Bence Reinke said...

Loved reading all of the review excerpts! Enjoy the last week of your tour, Donna. :o)