Monday, September 27, 2010

Would you risk an escape to freedom? +The Golden Pathway Giveaway

Many children learn about Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad, but how many stop to really think about the severity of a time clouded with violence and abuse? If you were a slave, would you risk an escape to freedom? Or also riskier, if you watched your abusive father conduct slave beatings, would you attempt to make it stop? The Golden Pathway is an inspirational tale about The Underground Railroad and one boy's courage to help a slave escape.

No matter how hard he tries, David can't block the high-pitched screams that regularly come from the barn. Even though they always stop, David knows Pa will seek a new victim next time. David loves his Pa, but he must put an end to it--the slave beatings, that is. David conducts his usual routine that consists of sneaking out of his bedroom and cleaning up the wounds of his Pa's slave, Jenkins, after each beating. 

With no regard for his own safety, David promises to help Jenkins escape. Finally able to convince his father to let him go into town with him, David confronts the general store keeper, a quaker. The storekeeper slips David a piece of paper and tells him to follow the directions. That night, David wakes Jenkins and tells him what to do. Knowing his dad would never figure out he helped Jenkins escape, David climbs into bed with the biggest smile he ever had.

Many clever and creative ideas helped slaves during their escape and The Golden Pathway reminds us all about the importance of the cloaked gateway to freedom and those who were sympathetic to many enslaved in their flights to freedom. This daring escape puts you right in David's shoes as he risks his life to outrun slavery. A tale sure to inspire anyone who doubts their own courage.

I'm giving away a FREE copy of The Golden Pathway to one of Lori Calabrese Writes' lucky readers.
For your chance to win this awesome book, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Comment on this blog post

For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me
3) Share on Facebook and leave a comment telling me

And if your e-mail address is not included in your Blogger profile, make sure you leave a way for me to get in contact with you when you win! (U.S. entries only)

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, October 1, 2010!

**This contest has officially ended. The winner is Kathleen Moulton.
Congrats, Kathleen...please contact me and send me your address and I'll get the book out to you ASAP!

Additional Information:

Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (August 12, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1616330880
ISBN-13: 978-1616330880
Source of review copy: Publicist
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  1. Thanks for hosting Donna today. I loved this book. Anyone who wins it will be very lucky.

    I look forward to reading your interview with Donna tomorrow.


  2. Thanks for hosting Donna, I think the book is great and students will enjoy reading it while they learn something about history as well. Good job Donna.

  3. Hi Lori:

    I'm delighted to be hosted by you today and tomorrow. Thank you for the insightful and terrific review. I'll check back in throughout the next two days!

    Best wishes,

  4. I just posted to facebook, twitter, and on my blog. Blessings for a great virtual tour this week my friend.

  5. Hi Lori,

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter your contest and follow your blog.

    I'm on the homestretch of home-schooling my 9 year old, the last of 8 children and 24 years. History has been important around here as we've done many unit studies, one being American History/Civil War.

    After reading the review on Donna's book, it is definitely one to have in my library and I will be glad for my son to read it.

    Again, thanks!

    Kathy Moulton

  6. Terri...thanks for the cross promotion. I appreciate it!

    Kathleen: Wow! What ann accomplishment! Thank you for visit today.

    Best wishes,

  7. Lori,

    Great post about Donna's book. Great to see the close knit family of authors supporting each other.
    Nicole Weaver

  8. Thanks for posting more about Donna. She is a wonderful author and it's so great reading about her. I know whoever receives her book will be thrilled. Lots of continued success, Donna.

  9. This sounds like the sort of book that will encourage children to become the kind of people who are willing to take risks in order to do what is right.

  10. Nicole, Nancy and Janet:

    Thank you for your never ending support. It means the world to. Your heartfelt best wishes have made my evening.

    Janet, this is exactly what I hope my book inspires.

    Best wishes,

  11. Thank you everyone for stopping by. It was a pleasure to review Donna's new book and I look forward to reviewing her upcoming ones with Guardian Angel Publishing!

    Homeschooling 8 children is quite the accomplishment! You're not going to know what to do with yourself! :)

    Thanks for visiting.

  12. Lori, aaahhh yes I will! ; )

    Working on a couple of books.. I love writing and didn't know it (or forgot!) until I got on this homestretch with only 3 kids!


  13. That's awesome, Kathy!!

    I know the feeling-my boys just started school and everyone told me that I wouldn't know what to do with myself, but by the time I write and market, the time just flies by!! Enjoy--you've worked really hard and deserve it!

  14. Kathleen,

    Congrats! You're the winner of The Golden Pathway Giveaway, but I don't have your email. Please use the contact form on my website and send me your mailing address: