About 25 years ago I read a book that for years I've tried to find. I remember nothing of the title or author, but I do remember the plot. My last question about a novel worked out so well I thought I'd try again.
A boy moves and has to live with his grandparents I think? And as he's exploring the outskirts of the new little town he's living in he stumbles across a cave, and in the cave buried in the sand he finds this kind of Native American pueblo type place but at a miniature scale. He thinks it's a model but at some point he comes to the conclusion that it was a real town of little people.
He has trouble at school and I remember at one point some of the bullies from school find and kind of threaten to destroy the place.
Any one read this one?
A few other odd details I remember:
He either bought, or was given a derringer, where the safety was a jewel in the handle of the gun, which at one point saves him as someone that tries to shoot him doesn't know how to deactivate the safety.
There was a "jail" or...cage of some sort in this miniature town made from rattlesnake fangs, which I think continued to have poison and which scratched a kid and nearly killed him.