Dick (a retired professor of English Literature) says... "THE CULVERT
does an excellent job of portraying teen-aged angst."
retired professor of EnglishLiterature) says... "Even on my fourth reading, BOARDING SCHOOL held me in suspense."
(a retired professor of English Literature) says... "I really cared about your characters. The plotline of DOLLAR
LAKE is like racing along a twisting highway and taking an exit at 60 miles per hour."
McDonald is living an idyllic life in small town Middle America. A star on his swim team and a top performer
in the classroom, the young man is secure in his belief that he has earned the respect of everyone he knows. However,
a kiss on his cheek from an admiring girl in his grade one afternoon sets into motion a transition in his life which forever
alters the youngster’s understandings about himself and the world around him.
After suffering through the humiliation
of a very personal physical assault from an older boy at his school who had witnessed the kiss, Will embarks upon a period
of hesitation and self-doubt over the most basic aspects of who he is as a person. Soon though, he becomes
aware of other boys he knows who have been similarly abused by the same older boy and in order to prevent anyone else
from being harmed in the same way, Will rallies himself to confront the bully. The shocking events
which follow will keep the reader guessing about the outcome for both youths until the end.
While his parents move to Europe in order to accept a
transfer for work, young Clint Adams enrolls eagerly into a New England boarding school. Thrilled with
the opportunity for independence and adventure, the 13-year-old acclimates instantly to his new surroundings and to the people
he finds living there. Soon though, the young prep-schooler discovers himself set upon and ultimately at
the mercy of the base interests of some of the older students who live with him on the campus. Unable
to stop what is happening to him, in a very short period of time the young man’s innocence is taken from him and replaced
with an education about life that had not been advertised in the school’s catalog.
Told from the actual events endured by the author while he lived
at the first of the four boarding schools he attended as a youth, Boarding School is a fictionalized account of the
friendships, the desperation, the constant presence of evil and the inspiring way in which the author succeeded in eventually
rising above it all. Not for the faint of heart, the reader should be prepared for a hash story about an
often ignored aspect of our culture.
longer as innocent or as happy-go-lucky as he once was, Will McDonald is still struggling one year later to put his life back
together after the physical assaults he was forced to endure at the hands of an older kid in his school named Jake.
Fortunately, with the help of his friends, the youth has succeeded in settling in once again to his small town life
during a party at a classmate’s lake-house to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation, Will meets a girl who, once
night has fallen, leads the young man into the secluded waters of the lake where together the couple then shares his first
prolonged romantic encounter. Exhilarated the next day from his experience in the lake, Will and three
friends find their fortunes changed when they are confronted suddenly by Jake and three new friends of the older kid’s
from prison. During the next twenty-four hours, the nefarious indulgences of an elite group of civic and
business leaders of a nearby city, the efforts of survival by a young runaway and a clandestine U.S. Government program which
is intended to compromise the legitimacy of political opponents worldwide will all have a direct impact on the futures of
Will and his three friends. Taken from the headlines of the day, Dollar Lake will keep
the reader astonished and in suspense right up until the last word.