Realistic Fiction

The Great Whale of Kansas by Richard Jennings 160 pages  

An 11 year old boy digs in his backyard (in Kansas, of course!) and unearths an entire whale skeleton. Amazingly, Kansas was at one time, a VERY long time ago, underwater.  The main character is unnamed through the entire story and is mentored by a Native American book store owner and his middle school science teacher.  There is a unique ending and listeners/readers get to contemplate who and what went before current inhabitants.  Though this is not based on fact and it is fairly improbable, I decided to classify it here.  Does it belong in fantasy instead?  I suppose that’s open for discussion.

Jumping off points:  Landscape architecture, archaeology, Native American rites & rituals, and allegories.