Paul Korins

Sammy Baker receives a special gift from his grandpa for his twelfth birthday: an ancient Royal typewriter. Sammy is perplexed. Why would he ever type on this thing? He has a brand-new Apple laptop! But his grandfather urges him to use the typewriter to write an essay on the Great Depression—he and his family struggled through those rough years in the 1930s—for an English assignment. He suspects that Sammy will “get a feel for those hard times,” and he thinks a straight A is a real possibility. Reluctantly, Sammy complies, but his grandfather’s insistence bewilders him. Why must he use this old typewriter? Why the Great Depression? He’d much rather take on an easier topic, such as the1969 moon landing. And his grandpa’s mysterious predictions confuse him even more: “Once those fingers of yours start flying over the keys, you can’t stop ‘em. Take you to all sorts of places.”

Paul Korins is the author of three adventure/mystery novels for pre-teens and young adults aged 10 years and older. He current lives in Marblehead, MA and has signed on to work with WriteBoston to help high school students with college application essays and writing in general. You can find him on Facebook ( where he is happy to hear feedback on his writing. 

Event date: 
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
The Spirit of '76 Bookstore
107 Pleasant
Marblehead, MA 01945