Brayden Harrington’s picture story “Brayden Speaks Up” will be released Aug. 10, HarperCollins Children’s Books announced Tuesday.
Brayden Harrington the teenager whom President-elect Joe Biden befriended as a fellow stutterer — and will be part of a primetime inaugural special — has a book coming out this summer.
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!” Harrington 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,”
Harrington, 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.
Police search family home of ‘prime suspect’ Paul Flores in 1996 cold case
Police have named a “prime suspect” 25 years after teenager Kristin Smart went missing from her California university campus in 1996.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announced that it served a search warrant at the home of Ruben Flores, the father of Ms Smart’s former classmate Paul Flores.
The Sherrif’s office called Mr Flores a “prime suspect” in the disappearance after previously considering him a longtime person-of-interest.
“The Sheriff’s Office has been authorized to utilize cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar during the course of the search,” a spokesman said in a statement.
“This process could potentially take one to two days to complete.”
While the sealed search warrant precludes any further information from being disclosed, Ms Smart’s family said in a statement they looked forward to more developments.
“We are encouraged by the news of today’s search of Ruben Flores’ property,” the Smart family said in a statement, according to ABC News local affiliate KEYT-TV. “We appreciate the vigilance and professionalism of Sheriff Ian Parkinson and his department and our family looks forward to learning more in the hours and days ahead.”