288 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.7 in
July 1, 2014
Random House of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307362787
ISBN - 13: 9780307362780
From the Publisher
The extraordinary memoir of a mother's love, commitment and nurturing, which allowed her son, originally diagnosed with severe autism, to flourish into a universally recognized genius--and how any parent can help their child find their spark.
Today, at 13, Jacob is a paid researcher in quantum physics, working on extending Einstein's theory of relativity. Diagnosed at age 1 with severe autism, at 3 he was assigned to life-skills classes and his parents were told to adjust their expectations. The goal: tying his own shoes at 16. Kristine Barnett's belief in the power of hope and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we keep our minds open and learn to fuel a child's true potential changed everything.
About the Author
KRISTINE BARNETT is the mother of Jacob Barnett and his 3 younger siblings. She runs a daycare that includes both typical and special-needs children. She is also the founder of Jacob's Place, a non-profit organization designed to help children with autism, as well as an award-winning sports league for autistic children.
"The Spark is about the transformative power of unconditional love. If you have a child who's 'different'--and who doesn't?--you won't be able to put it down." --Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind
"In this incredibly moving memoir, Kristine Barnett shares her family's journey with Jacob's autism. A story about one mother's unrelenting faith and determination, it's required reading for anyone who's ever been told they can't." --Chatelaine
"Not only does The Spark give us insights into the fantastically complex world of autism and its effect on families, but it's a galloping read, full of heart and self-deprecating humour." --Marcia Kaye, Toronto Star