The Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket Book 1 ALBION 77

The Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket is a rip-roaring adventure for young readers. The collection of stories takes readers along for a calamitous ride with the turn-of-the-century Shockpocket family as they strive to make new discoveries and invent new devices to better the world. Never ones to let absent mindedness and missing details get in their way, the accident prone Shockpockets always prevail as the family bumbles their way through the world of science and adventure.


Turn of the century English inventor and explorer Thaddeaus Shockpocket is having another bad day. It seems like only yesterday his ten year old son Sherlock was carried off into the Amazon jungle by local natives after Thaddeaus accidentally presented the boy as a gift to the village chief. And now it is happening again. He stands helplessly watching as his wife Katherine disappears into the sky in the family airship ALBION 77 after he accidentally pumped too much helium into the balloon.

Another Shockpocket has been lost in the pursuit of science and one thought bursts into Thaddeaus’ head, pushing out all others as he watches the pinpoint balloon vanish into the distance.

‘It’s four o’clock. I hope Tweak put the kettle on. I need a nice cup of tea.’
And then a second thought. ‘We really must go and find Sherlock”

And then a third. ‘I hope Katherine lands. Soon. And somewhere nice. What an adventure she will have. If only she doesn’t crash first’.

Yes, it is just another day in the Shockpocket family. But this day leads to unexpected discovery and adventure as Thaddeaus and his twelve year old daughter Tweak wait for word from Katherine, invent several new devices to change the world, and search for Sherlock in the deepest, darkest corners of Brazil.


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I am the author of the Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket, a popular humorous Young Reader Historical Fantasy and Adventure book series. Like the lead character,Thaddeaus, I am a world traveler, scientist and inventor and have created several products of questionable value over the years. None of these have made it to market, and that is probably for the better.
My travels through North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia have led me to the epic conclusion – The world is Absolutely Brilliant. Difficult sometimes. Confusing often. But humorous almost always.
I am pleased with the popularity of the Shockpocket series. Not only has it become popular in both North America and Europe, The Journals – Book One ALBION 77 has twice been a finalist in the annual Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice Awards for Best Children’s Fiction.