Author Donna McDine grew up in Rockland County, New York and has lived in several different towns within the County, such as Congers, Suffern and currently Tappan. As she was growing up she had the desire to become a reporter someday, but for one reason or another, she did not explore becoming a reporter. The characters of Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters are based on real-life events of Donna and her fraternal twin sister, Debbie. Powder Monkey is her second historical fiction book and the character Tommy Kitt is purely fictional. The author describes her journey as a writer as exhilarating, educational, engaging, roller-coaster and eye-opening.

What readers are saying about McDine’s children’s books…

“The Golden Pathway is a tale of compassion and courage. This book earns the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval, a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children’s Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.” -Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews

“The fast moving action, bewildering immediacy, and vivid descriptions and illustrations make Powder Monkey an intense time travel experience for middle grade readers.” ~ Reviewed by Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch, The Fiction Shelf

Hockey Agony… “is a great lessoned learned for kids, really of all ages. I love the illustrations and love the message.” ~ Debra Beck, Empowered Teens and Parents

I enjoyed reading A Sandy Grave. Donna added to the allure of the story with each page as she pulled me deeper into the storyline. As with any children’s book, illustrations can create an atmosphere that allows the story to leap from the page. Julie Hammond’s illustrations were a perfect collaboration. To this day, many of the books that I have read during my childhood are my favorite stories. I am happy to say that A Sandy Grave is now a part of those cherished stories. I highly recommend this book to readers 8-12.” ~ Reviewed by La Isla Bonita, Amazon reviewer

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters… “Author Donna McDine has a delightful way of supporting children through life’s challenges and transitions. Her stories are realistic and feature likable characters that kids can easily relate to. With this book, she has lifted ‘kindergarten anxiety’ in a light and humorous way – leaving children with a smile on their face and an eagerness for new beginnings.” ~ Tina M. Games, certified creativity coach and author of “Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother’s Path to Self Discovery”

“Angel’s Forever Home… is a great children’s and adult book! The story line has great lessons within it and the artwork is beautiful. The underlying lesson of appreciating life is for all to enjoy.” ~ Shilamida Kupershteyn, best-selling author – 31 Days of Gratitude Create the Life You Desire

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