The Spark by Kristine Barnett

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In 2011, newspapers around the world reported on child prodigy Jacob Barnett, a 12-year-old university student with an IQ higher than Einstein’s. The journey to recognized genius, however, was paved with tremendous struggles. 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.

The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius, Kristine Barnett, $30. Available at and