The Spark


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Kristine Barnett lives in Canada with her husband, Michael, and their three boys, Jacob, Wesley, and Ethan. She is a public speaker on alternative education for children with autism.


"[An] amazing memoir . . . compulsive reading."-The Washington Post

"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

"Love, illness, faith, tragedy and triumph-it's all here. . . . Jake Barnett's story contains wisdom for every parent."-Newsday

"This eloquent memoir about an extraordinary boy and a resilient and remarkable mother will be of interest to every parent and/or educator hoping to nurture a child's authentic 'spark.'"-Publishers Weekly

"Compelling . . . Jake is unusual, but so is his superhuman mom."-Booklist

"The Spark describes in glowing terms the profound intensity with which a mother can love her child."-Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree

"An invigorating, encouraging read."-Kirkus Reviews

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

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