Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine

Title: The Golden Pathway
Written by: Donna McDine
Illustrated by: K.C. Snider
Ages: 8-12
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
Hardcover: ISBN: 978-1-61633-081-1; 1616330813
Soft cover: ISBN: 978-1-61633-088-0; 1616330880
eBook: ISBN: 978-1-61633-082-8; 1616330821
Published: August 2010

Abused by a callous father, David, a sensitive boy, knows by his kind and compassionate nature, the difference between right and wrong.   When he observes his father’s cruel and constant punishment of Jenkins, a sixteen year old slave, David knows he must save him.  But, how? 

Follow David as he tends to Jenkins’ wounds from Pa’s relentless beatings.   And be there as David gathers information as to how a slave can make his way to freedom, a dangerous undertaking for the brave and caring boy. 

Award winning children’s author, Donna McDine, has produced a powerful story of good and evil, a must read for every child.  She defines, in a beautifully written and poignant way, one man’s inhumanity and the redeeming qualities of his son.

The author also provides the reader with a strong bibliography and an interesting Author’s Note section, giving insight into the various terms used during the Underground Railroad years.

The well known Oregon artist, K.C. Snider, has done heroic work with her illustrations.  They are not only realistic, but timeless. They provide a compelling backdrop to the author’s commanding prose.  She gives one a tender glimpse into a world gone mad, where one boy stands alone and makes a difference.

Please take a look at Donna McDine’s web sites and learn more about this talented author:

K.C. Snider’s beautiful artwork may be viewed at:


  1. It was a touch of brilliance by Guardian Angel Publishing to join the talented K.C. Snider with the gifted Donna McDine for "The Golden Pathway." A match made in library heaven... ;-)
    I can hardly wait to see what Donna has for us in her future writings. Wonderful job, K.C. & Donna.

  2. Wonderful review of Donna's book. I too have read this book, I will never be the same after reading this well written story. David's compassion pierced right through my heart and soul, while his pa's cruelty made me cringe. Thank you for posting such a great review.
    Bravo for Donna and KC for a job well done.

    Nicole Weaver

  3. This book is a treasure and will make a great addition to everyone's library.
    J. Aday Kennedy
    The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker
    Children's Author of Klutzy Kantor & Marta's Gargantuan Wings

  4. I love Donna's book. Every child should have to read it. And the cover is simply delightful. Great review Nancy, you really did it justice.

    Margot's Magic Carpet - all 11 of my books on one page

  5. Nancy:

    Thank you for our insightful review of The Golden Pathway! I'm touched.

    Dixie, Nicole, Jessica, and Margot:

    Thank you one and all for your heartfelt feedback. You've made my day with your touching words of support.

    Best wishes to you all,

  6. Donna,

    It was such a pleasure to review your marvelous book. Such a book should have been written at the time right along with "Uncle Tom's Cabin." It would have made an impact and could have done, as it is doing today, such good for humanity.