THE SPARK – book review

At the beginning of September, I read this article in McLean’s magazine – about a 15-year-old who has an IQ higher than Albert Einstein’s. Jacob Barnett is one of the world’s most promising physicists who is expected to one day win the Nobel Prize. He has a form of autism known as Asperger’s Syndrome.

The Spark

The Spark – a mother’s story of Nurturing Genius was written by Jacob’s mother: Kristine Barnett. This book details the journey Kristine took to overcome Jacob’s diagnosis of Autism and the specialists who claimed he would never read. She pulled him out of special education classes, and worked with him on her own to foster his interests in light, patterns and stars. It worked – Jacob entered mainstream kindergarten at a local school By nine, he was writing his own physics theories. The Barnett family has now relocated to Ontario so Jacob can study at the coveted Waterloo Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. The book is an inspiration story of a mother’s love and her belief in her child’s potential, despite numerous challenges and hardships. An excellent read – not just for parents’ of special needs children – but for everyone. Find what “sparks” your child’s interest and build on that to ensure their success.


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