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.
Thirteen Things Readers Should Know About The Golden Pathway
1. The title The Golden Pathway was derived from the code word for the Underground Railroad, the golden path to freedom.
2. White folks that did not believe in slavery were called Quakers.
3. People who helped slaves along the Underground Railroad were called “conductors.”
4. Slaves were considered passengers or cargo and where called, “freight” or “packages.”
5. Children can make a difference.
6. Not all southerners believed in slavery.
7. Even if raised under abusive beliefs freedom can be found.
8. Through extraordinary and unusual circumstances unlikely friendships can develop.
9. Bravery can gain trust with a fellow human being.
10. Kindness has the ability to bridge the gap of racism.
11. Conviction of one’s beliefs can overcome unspeakable actions of others.
12. Without the assistance of people against slavery many may never have seen and felt freedom.
13. Both the writer and illustrator conducted intensive research to achieve the perfect blend of words and images to bring this particular story of the Underground Railroad to life.
Writing the 13 essential points was an interesting twist to my virtual book tour. Thank you for hosting me today.
About Donna McDine
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 http://www.donnamcdine.com if you sign the guestbook, you’ll receive a FREE e-Book Write What Inspires You: Author Interviews, and
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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.