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By no stretch of the imagination could Jacob Barnett be called "normal." Diagnosed as autistic at two, he seemed irretrievably remote, destined, his mother feared, to live in ever dwindling circles. Instead, buoyed by a more promising diagnosis a year later, Mrs. Barnett decided to focus her energies on not Jacob's limitations, but on what he could do. And what he could was staggering: Before long, the toddler was astounding lecturers with his expertise in advanced astronomy and memorizing intricate mathematical formulas. By the time he was thirteen, he was a paid scientific researcher and astrophysicists were calling, asking the genius adolescent's opinion on futuristic theories. Kristine Barnett's memoir about her son isn't just about his intellectual accomplishments; in fact, its real soul is in its description of raising a young man who could have easily become a little boy lost.