The Dyer Island Boys

by Jeffrey Veatch

A summer island off the coast of Maine run by teenage boys. Can they succeed?

Based on true events, The Dyer Island Boys spans the 50-year tale of Wick, Doc, and the boys whose lives they changed.

     Fifty years later, Harry returns to Dyer Island-now a fully-fledged summer camp community run by adolescent boys. This time, he's here not as a camper, but as a member of the team. 15-year-old Johnny Miller has been rebelling against the camp community, and Wick has summoned Harry back to the island to help show Johnny the value of their work. On a walking tour of the island camp, the two men take Johnny on a journey through the story of their friendship and how it led to the creation of the camp.
     As they tell Johnny in their story, the three doctors' lives intertwine with Harry's over time as their plans for summer fun ultimately evolve into the creation of a community that offers directionless teen boys a way to gain valuable skills and experience, leading to gainful employment and involved citizenship. The Dyer Island Boys is an uplifting story of struggle, accomplishment, and redemption.


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