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The Spark A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius and Autism by Kristine Barnett

The Spark A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius and Autism

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In 1999 before the label autism was generally known, Kristine Barnett was faced with a child withdrawing from the world, a child, she was told that would struggle to tie his own shoelaces before he was 16. Her fight for Jake is born out of a conviction that he was a bright child, a very bright child and we gradually learn how right she was, Jake has exceptional intelligence, on line for a Nobel prize said one scientist mentor. It’s an absorbing story, of a child saved with an underlying sadness from knowing that not every child will have a mother like Kristine and there won’t always be the backup to help another child like Jake.

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The Spark A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius and Autism by Kristine Barnett


A story of triumph against the odds ... a timely and important message, dramatically told - Sunday Times

A remarkable book - Mail on Sunday

Every parent and teacher should read this fabulous book! -- Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and co-author of The Autistic Brain

Amazing, compulsive reading. Barnett not only fights heroically on Jake's behalf, she also beats down every other obstacle that life hurls at her and her family - Washington Post

About the Author

Kristine Barnett is the mother of Jacob Barnett and his three younger siblings. She runs a daycare that includes both typical and special-needs children. She is also the founder of MyJacobsPlace, a non-profit organization designed to help children with autism, as well as an award-winning sports league for autistic children.

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Publication date

6th February 2014


Kristine Barnett

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Penguin Books Ltd


304 pages


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Coping with illness & specific conditions
Autism & AspergerÍs Syndrome



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