When a balloon accident drops him into the middle of the Civil War, Thaddeus Lowe makes the best of it. The young inventor starts a spy agency like the world has never seen. His idea is simple: build astounding inventions to save the Union. But he soon learns the Yankees don't have a patent on ingenuity. The Ups and Downs of Thaddeus Lowe is a steampunk retelling of the Civil War; a tale of daredevil inventors and bizarre technology that changed our country's future. Part fantasy and part fact, Lowe's quest shows young readers a side of American history they never imagined.