A strange, mournful wail trumpets from the nearby forest, disturbing eleven-year-old Andy Salazar’s imaginings of baseball games and monster movie marathons to come. Accompanied by his wisecracking best friend, Rich, Andy ventures to the dried riverbed on the first day of summer to investigate. The boys are surprised to find there the quiet, homeschooled girl from Rich’s neighborhood. Together, they unearth fragments of the town of Hamlin’s guarded history in the form of old, forgotten relics.
Guided by the dapper dwarf known as King Henry, Andy and his friends endeavor to connect their discoveries to the town’s past. Henry says a storm is coming, and the town elders look to the rumpled clouds with growing unease. A mysterious murder, Hamlin’s first in decades portends a series of baffling crimes. Rumors swirl of a tattooed man and dog-faced boy stalking the streets.
Hamlin is haunted by its secrets and time is running out. Andy must learn why the year 1934 is missing from the town’s history books, and how the buried artifacts connect to the bloodshed, the flood, and the elephant calls in the night. With the help of his friends, Andy forces Hamlin to face its past and confront its restless dead.
The Last March of Elephants is a New Adult novel with coming of age and paranormal elements in the tradition of Stephen King’s It and Robert McCammon’s Boy’s Life. It clocks in at 90,000 words. Although the protagonist and his friends are around eleven years old, the novel deals very much with adult themes. Thank you for your time and consideration.