Simon Packham has written several highly acclaimed books for young people, including Silenced, which was shortlisted for multiple awards, comin 2 gt u, a novel about cyberbullying and World War Two which is read widely in German schools, and Firewallers, chosen as one of The Independent’s children’s books of the year. He lives in West Sussex with his wife Deborah and is currently attempting to create the perfect vegan pizza.

His first middle-grade novel, Has Anyone Seen Archie Ebbs? (Firefly) was selected for the Empathy Lab’s 2023 Reading Collection and shortlisted for The Stockton Children’s Book of the Year and The James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award. His latest book Worrybot (UClan) ‘a compelling story of friendship and overcoming anxiety’ will be published in August 2023.