Title : The Golden Pathway
Author : Donna M. McDine
Illustrations By : K.C. Snider
Publication : Guardian Angel Publishing , INC.
The Golden Pathway is a historical fiction which transports you to the times of underground railroad and there you meet a boy called David, who is courageous enough to befriend his cruel father's, sixteen year old slave, Jenkins. David is a compassionate boy in spite of growing up in a hostile environment. He helps out at home by doing various chores. But he defies his father though not openly and helps Jenkins howsoever he can. He secretly tends to Jenkins wounds after his father's beatings and feels strongly about Jenkins circumstances.
Do read on to find out how does David plan to save his slave friend from his father's merciless abuse and how does he go about it? Is David successful in saving Jenkins or does he get caught?
At the end of the book the author has provided a bibliography for reference and there is an author's note which explains the terms used in story, which I found very helpful.
The illustrations done by K.C. Snider, an award winning artist, are really beautiful. I especially liked her illustrations of the farmstead.
Donna M. McDine, is an award winning children's author and it comes through in the book. The way she has handled such a delicate and emotional subject is really good. She has given a good twist to the tale in the end. The story imparts an important message to the children, of being courageous and yet compassionate towards fellow human beings. At the same time the story makes the children realise the plight people went through in those times.
The Golden Pathway definitely makes a good read for the children.