Andy Salazar returns home the evening of the last day of sixth grade. His father’s car is gone again and his mother likely went to bed early, sad and angry. Still, there are books, baseball games, and monster movie marathons before him. A sad, toneless wail erupts from the nearby forest, disturbing his pleasant thoughts. Accompanied by his wisecracking best friend, Rich, Andy ventures to the dried riverbed the next day to investigate. The boys are surprised to find Grace there, a quiet, homeschooled girl from Rich’s neighborhood. Together, they begin to unearth fragments of a small town’s guarded history in the form of old, forgotten relics.
Guided by the dapper dwarf known as King Henry, Andy and his friends strive to connect their discoveries to Hamlin’s past. Storm clouds gather and the town elders look to the skies with something more than unease. Amid the tempest Hamlin’s first murder in decades begins a trend of violence. The floodwaters rise and Hamlin becomes a town haunted by its secrets. Rumors circulate about a tattooed man and a dog-faced boy walking the streets at night.
Andy finally learns why the year 1934 is missing from the town’s history books and why King Henry and Grace seem to understand the chaos. 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 Robert McCammon’s Boy’s Life and Stephen King’s It. 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 consideration.