Book Review: The Golden Pathway by Donna M. McDine, illustrated by K.C. Snider
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 hisPa.
My Review: What a powerful story of good will by Award winning children’s author, Donna McDine. She takes you back in time showing us that slavery did exist and how the Underground Railroad helped slaves escape to the north where they gained their freedom.
The message we should take from this story is that there are good and faithful people willing to make a wrong right by satisfying anything to help others. What a wonderful illustration by K.C. Snider bringing the story to life. I highly recommend the Golden Pathway to History teachers, parents, and children.
Age: 9 – 12
This book was given to me free to review by the author.
We welcome Award-winning Author Donna McDine to Mymcbooks Blog.
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. 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
Donna McDine, children’s author – interview with Ella Johnson (Mymcbooks Blog)
What is the last book you read?
Abithica by Susan Goldsmith – I had the privilege of reading and writing a media release for Ms. Goldsmith’s debut novel due outJune 15, 2011 by Twilight Times Books
What were your earliest memories of writing?
Looking back on it, every September when returning back to school my elementary school teachers would ask us to write about our summer vacation. At first I disliked the same old assignment over and over again, but I eventually started making up stories of my summer which seemed much more exciting.
Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?
As a student I was always encouraged to write and when I thought outside the box of an assignment it came natural to me.
Are you working on a new book?
Yes, I’ve been working on a historical fiction middle grade manuscript entitled, Images of the Past. I’m finally at the editing stages and I’ve been concentrating the majority of my writing time on this when I’m not working on book marketing for The Golden Pathway.
Two young girls separated by 200 years, experience similar traumas of unspoken abuse. The long ago occupants find the strength to fight against negative forces with negative results. Will the current day occupants have the same outcome? Images of the Past takes you on a unique journey across time as each attempt to break free from the shared experiences which bind them.
What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?
I am the Editor-in-Chief of Guardian Angel Kids Ezine and Publicist for the National Writing for Children Center. I also work as a virtual assistant for International Business Leaders Forum, which is sadly coming to an end with the closing of our office in the United States.
What inspired you to write ‘The Golden Pathway’?
I’ve always been interested in American history and when the opportunity arose to write an outline for a children’s book for an Institute of Children’s Literature assignment I jumped on the chance of the Underground Railroad. Especially, since I live in Rockland County, NY where there is history of the Underground Railroad and the American Revolution.
How did you come up with your characters?
Many times my characters are based on people from my life and are usually a blending of different personalities and traits from each.
How do you react to a bad review?
I’ve been lucky so far and have received only bad review. At first I took it really personal, but my husband told me that not everyone is going to like your style of writing and it has nothing to do with you personally, it’s an opinion and what people prefer.
Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?
Hmm…this is a tough question. Off the top of my head since I love to be scared I’d have to say Stephen King.
And now that I write for children I’d go with:
J. Aday Kennedy
Beverly Stowe McClure
Kevin Scott Collier
What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?
Read book reviews and the book itself before selecting for your child to make sure it’s a topic they would enjoy reading and that it is of appropriate age.
What advice you would give to new writers?
Read, read, read constantly in the genre you want to write in. Many times people think writing for children is a snap, but it is quite the opposite. Children are in tune if someone is speaking down or preaching to them, and many times it turns them off immediately.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I’d be delighted if you would visit me at:
www.donnamcdine.com – sign my guest book and receive myFREE e-Book “Write What InspiresYou! Author Interviews and opt-in to subscribe to myFREE newsletter, “Write What Inspires You! which is published quarterly. Here you will find author, illustrator, editor, and publisher interviews, book reviews and articles on the writing life.
www.thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com – visit and become a follower to stay up-to-date of the latest happenings of my historical fiction storybook, The Golden Pathway – a story of the Underground Railroad.
Ella, thank you for interviewing it has been an honor and privilege.
My name is Ella Johnson. I started Mymcbooks to promote reading. As a former teacher, I know that making basic education fundamentals interesting to children can be challenging. Education can be fun, exciting and captivating for children with the right learning tools. So my goal is to “make learning interesting and fun” for the children while they learn, by introducing them to fun books with colorful and captivating illustrations.
In 2009, I start the giveaway program giving away free school supplies at random to 2 winners each year. I also started a monthly free giveaways for books and gifts.
August 2010, I extended the free school supplies from 2 to 5 winners at random on my blog and also give away 20 bags full of school supplies to familes in need at Chick-fil-A in Brandon, Florida during their family nights. And in 2012, I beat my that number and gave away a lot of school supplies to needy families. Hopefully, I can continue to do this each year.
In 2011, I started writing reviews on children’s books then giving these books away free on Mymcbooks Blog. I increase the number of books we giveaway free to help support parent. My goal is to give away as many as I can each year. This is also a great way to introduce parents to new books.
Mymcbooks blog is always looking for other ways to give kids free books. So I started Mymcbooks Birthday Library http://mymcbooksbirthdaylibrary.wordpress.com/
My goal is to giveaway at least 300 books to children each year.
Books Given in 2011: 315
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Read Interview about Ella Johnson, http://melangeofcultures.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/interview-with-ella-johnson-founder-of-memorable-children-books-gifts/ Interviewer: Nicole Weaver
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