The Spark

The Spark

A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius

Book - 2013
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The mother of an autistic child who was eventually recognized as a genius recounts her rejection of conventional advice from developmental experts and shares the strategies she utilized for tapping her son's potential.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2013
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812993370
Branch Call Number: 618.92858/BARNETT
Characteristics: x, 250 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Feb 01, 2019

An amazing book that will convince you that love can do what medicine cannot.

I just finished reading this new book by Kristine Barnett and it was fabulous. It’s a non-fiction read, but captivated me and could do well as an intriguing major motion picture film. It’s unbelievable the lengths this mother goes to find her son (through his autism) and her community. Highly highly recommended. You’ll be up very late reading, as you can’t put it down. (submitted by MM)

Feb 26, 2016

I could not put this book down. It is so awesome to see good in the world.

Oct 11, 2015

Would have loved to learn more about Jake and less about his mom (the author). Her feeble attempt at presenting herself as humble was a fail. She presents herself as a super human who can achieve things no one else can. Educators and parents can't hold a candle to her, apparently.

Sep 09, 2014

Absolutely one of the best books I've read! I strongly recommend it for everyone. - I wish I had read this book years back when the girls were young.

Apr 09, 2014

I absolutely loved this book. It made me cry couple of times, so I had to stop reading and get a tissue, and I also bursted into uncontrollable laugh couple of times too so my husband came to check from the other room if I was not choking :) Real eye-opener, made me rethink what I should and should not let my toddler girl do, now I let her do things that I previously did not, because I did not want to get her clothes dirty or room too messy... Very interesting read, I consider buying my own copy to store it on my bookshelf so I could reread it again and again. What a passionate mother little Jake has!

Mar 29, 2014

A definite read for parents and teachers and people who want to be parents one day. It is inspiring and gives you hope and comfort in case you ever face this situation. It was a bit repetitive at times (her reasons for her decisions to help others). Overall, a great read! A truly amazing kid.

Barcode55 Jan 10, 2014

I'll read this book again and again, not only for the amazing true story, but for the information about how our brains work. Absolutely one of the best books I've read! I strongly recommend it for everyone.

Oct 03, 2013

The Spark is a book, which like Jake, is off the ratings chart for me. I was so moved that I literally couldn't put it down till I finished it. This is the true story of Kristine Burnett fighting the system and finding the spark that makes her Autistic son Jacob tick. This spark is in fact a blazing fire and by focusing on what Jake CAN do instead of what he CANNOT Kris brings Jake out of his shell. The story is not just about Jake's phenomenal achievements; it is about a mother's love. A love which nurtures her child and let's him, and others like him, be a child - not totally involved in therapy. Kristin says, she wrote this book to share her son with the world. I for one am really thankful that she did. The world is a better place because of this book.

Sep 29, 2013

What an interesting book! A great story of a mother who would not give up on her son. Of course, the seed of genius had to be there all along, but the mom felt her son had potential and she pursued that.
a truly good read.

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