Teen With Stutter to Tell His Story

Brayden Harrington bonded with Joe Biden during the campaign
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 19, 2021 6:11 PM CST
Teen Helped by Biden Is Writing a Book
Joe Biden hugs Brayden Harrington at a campaign stop in New Hampshire last February.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Brayden Harrington, the teenager whom President-elect Joe Biden befriended as a fellow stutterer—and who will be part of a primetime inaugural special—has a book coming out this summer, the AP reports. Brayden Harrington's picture story Brayden Speaks Up will be released Aug. 10, HarperCollins Children’s Books announced Tuesday. Harrington, 13, is a New Hampshire resident who met Biden in February while the Democratic candidate was at a town hall event in Concord. They later spoke backstage and Harrington, who has praised Biden for giving him confidence, addressed the Democratic National Convention last August in a video that was viewed millions of times.

“When I learned I had the opportunity to speak at the Democratic National Convention, I was so nervous!" Brayden said in a statement. "What got me through and helped motivate me was knowing I could be a voice for other children who stutter as well as anyone else who has faced challenges. I only hope my story provides a little extra support and motivation for those that need it." Brayden, whose first book will be illustrated by Betty C. Tang, has a middle-grade novel scheduled for 2022. He will be among the featured guests Wednesday night during a 90-minute "Celebrating America" program that will help mark Biden's inauguration as president. (Lady Gaga will be among the inauguration performers.)

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