Wanda Lynne Young: Bookalicious


THE SPARK by Kristine Barnett

A Memorable and Remarkable Mother's Gift To Her Son

Jacob is a remarkable young man. He has a unique gift to share but his mother has also been a gift to him. Jacob's mother Kristine is the driving force behind his transformation from a child diagnosed with severe autism to a math and science prodigy at age 13. How did Kristine go from raising a child who experts deemed unreachable to celebrating and honing the skills of her son who is now considered a genius with an IQ higher than Einstein's?

Kristine Barnett's memoir THE SPARK shares her story of never giving in and never giving up. THE SPARK is a true testament to a mother's love — drawing upon intuition, fulfilling a commitment, and nurturing her child — despite and maybe even to spite the skeptics. 

As the mother to a young man on the autism spectrum I can relate to Kristine's views and recognize the tactics she used to reach her son by "sparking" his interests and fostering an environment of learning. I went so far as to homeschool my son for five years out of frustration with the programs available in the school system. One size does not fit all when it comes to education. Sometimes it takes a parent or parents acting as advocates on their child's behalf to tailor the teaching to reach their child's potential. If you are a parent, a teacher, or a caregiver to a special needs child you really must read this inspiring memoir. I hope you will find this story to be a source of hope and help you harness your child's spark! Check out the video below and enter our draw for a copy of THE SPARK and learn about a special Twitter chat to be held on May 15th.



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 MyJacobsPlace, a nonprofit organization designed to help children with autism, as well as an award-winning sports league for autistic children.


The Bookalicious Twitter Book Club will be having a chat about THE SPARK on Wednesday, May 15th starting at 9:30 EDT. Make sure you mark your calendars for this inspiring discussion and tell your friends there will be an opportunity to enter a Twitter giveaway to win a copy of THE SPARK courtesy of Random House Of Canada. To participate you can follow host @BookaliciousCA and sponsor @RandomHouseCA and use the hashtag #TheSpark in your tweets.

Bookalicious Twitter Book Club Members

Bookalicious Twitter Book Club members can enter a draw to win one of sixteen copies of THE SPARK during the #Bookalcious Twitter draw on Friday, April 19th, 2013. To qualify you need to RT a @BookaliciousCA #TheSpark tweet and leave a blog comment including your Twitter handle in the "Click Here To Spill It" section below. To become a Bookalicious Twitter Book Club member you can sign up here and get in on some bookish fun.


We're giving away copies of The Spark by Kristine Barnett courtesy of Random House of Canada! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment in the "Click Here To Spill It" bubble below. You have until May 3rd, 2013 to enter. You must be a YMC member, and please be sure you've registered your email address in our commenting system so we can contact you if you win.

Yummy Rules and Regs: You must be a YummyMummyClub.ca member to win. Click here to sign up. It's free and filled with perks. One comment per member. Entries accepted until May 3rd, 2013. Contest open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). Winners will be picked using www.random.orgSee full contest rules.


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Relish reading,

Wanda Lynne Young