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Teen who spoke at Democratic convention, Biden inauguration special to write book

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The New Hampshire teenager who gave a speech at August’s Democratic National Convention about how then-presidential nominee Joe Biden helped him feel more confident about his stutter is set to publish a picture book later this year. 

Brayden Harrington, 13, who also participated in a prime-time TV special for Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, described at the convention first meeting the future president at a February campaign event in Concord, N.H., at which the two had a conversation about how the politician overcame his own stutter. 

“He told me that we were members of the same club: We stutter. It was really amazing to hear that someone like me became vice president,” Harrington said in his virtual convention address, adding that Biden showed him a copy of the speech he gave at the campaign event that included markings on where to stop and take breaks between words. 

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that HarperCollins will be releasing an original story by Harrington, titled “Brayden Speaks Up,” on Aug. 10. 

HarperCollins said in a statement that the book, illustrated by Betty C. Tang, is part of a two-book deal. Harrington also plans to write a novel for children ages 8 to 12. 

Harrington said in a statement to the Times that he hopes to inspire other young people who may have similar speech challenges. 

“When I learned I had the opportunity to speak at the Democratic National Convention, I was so nervous!” he said. “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,” he added.

Harrington on Wednesday evening participated in Biden’s inaugural TV special “Celebrating America,” reciting a portion of former President Kennedy’s inaugural address. 

“In the long history of the world only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger, I do not shrink from that responsibility. I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us will exchange places with any other people or any other generation,” he quoted Kennedy.

“The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what can you do for your country,” he said.

Tags Biden inauguration Brayden Harrington concord Democratic National Convention HarperCollins inaugural address Inauguration Joe Biden John F. Kennedy New Hampshire Speech impediments Stuttering The New York Times

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