A little bit about the eclectic plot from the press release:
Elliot Von Doppler and his friend Leslie think that nothing ever happens in Bickleburgh, except inside the gleaming headquarters of DENKi-3000 – the world's eighth-largest electronics factory.
Beneath the glass towers and glittering skywalks, there's a rambling old mansion from which all the company's amazing inventions spring forth. And no one except Uncle Archie knows what's behind the second-to-last door at the end of the hall.
Until Elliot and Leslie are invited to take a glimpse inside.
They find stooped, troll-like creatures with jutting jaws and broken teeth. Tiny winged things that sparkle as they fly. And huge, hulking, hairy non-humans (with horns). The Creature Department is unlike anything they've ever seen.
But when Chuck Brickweather threatens to shut down the DENKi-3000 factory if a new product isn't presented soon, the creatures know they are in danger. And when Uncle Archie vanishes, it's up to Elliot, Leslie, and every one of the unusual, er, "employees" to create an invention so astonishing it will save the Creature Department.
The first book in new series aimed at pre-teens, The Creature Department hits bookstores this fall.
If you want to know more about the species dreamed up by author Robert Paul Weston, head over here for the full low down.