Has Anyone Seen Archie Ebbs?

Has Anyone Seen Archie Ebbs?

By Author / Illustrator

Simon Packham


Personal Growth

Age range(s)



Firefly Press Ltd




Paperback / softback




Archie Ebbs has the perfect life. Good friends, a nice home and classmates who laugh at (nearly) all his jokes. But all that is about to change. As his family faces upheaval, Archie realises he will have to leave behind so much that he knows and loves, even his cat, Dinger. And soon Archie has other worries ... is he really starting to become invisible?



Has Anyone Seen Archie Ebbs? by Simon Packham is a captivating story with a highly important and emotive theme portrayed by relatable characters and settings. This story excellently highlights the feelings and emotions people, in particular children, face surrounding eviction, becoming 'homeless', living in temporary accommodation and dealing with the results of monumental life changes.

Everything is great for Archie. He enjoys school as a popular year 6 boy, has a great set of friends, who enjoy his questionable funny jokes, and a lovely home with his loving family and cat, Dinger. However, his life is suddenly turned upside down when the family lose their beloved home and they realise change is imminent and life as they know it will be very different. But, despite all the change and upheaval, Archie's main worry is, has his change in circumstances made him invisible to his friends, teachers and society?

Archie and his friends provide a perfect scenario for discussion around the topics listed above, providing a vital insight into what some families encounter. This story will positively aid children to be able to show better empathy and understanding towards difficult life experiences which are apparent in every classroom. I personally found the message towards the end of the story heart-warming and encouraging, that 'people can see you more clearly if they understand how you feel'.

Has Anyone Seen Archie Ebbs? is a very powerful and thought-provoking story that I feel should be read to all Year 6 children. I would highly recommend this book for children in upper KS2 (Years 5 and 6). Thank you, Simon, for covering such important topics.

224 pages / Reviewed by Nathan Cox, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 9+


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