The Spark by Kristine Barnett


You guys, this book? Its SO amazing. This kid baffles me. Check out this 60 minutes clip of him. I mean seriously. And to be his mother? What work! Here’s a quick summary.

“Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. But the story of Kristine’s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. At age two, when Jake was diagnosed, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes.”

So Kristine vows her kid is going to do everything. No one is going to tell her he can’t tie his shoes. So she starts a special autistic program & gets through to these kids! I loved her drive. Although if I had been reading this book as a mother of an autistic child it may have given me unreasonable hope for my own child. I mean not every kid can grow up with an IQ greater than Einstein. Am I right?

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