by Roald Dahl
What is a gifted child to do when she is brought up by a family that squelches intellect? Poor Matilda, who reads at an adult level before she's even old enough to go to school, is forced to watch TV night after night with her dishonest used-car-salesman father, her airheaded bingo-playing mother, and her not-too-bright older brother. When she is finally allowed to go to school, it is a dreadful school run by a child-hating ogress named The Trunchbull. But her teacher, Miss Honey, soon recognizes Matilda's special gifts, and the two become fast friends.
Together with a power to make objects move on their own accord, Matilda frees her school from the Trunchbull's tyranny, and finds the family she deserves. An adorable fantasy from a true master! Prepare to be reminded of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone.
By the way, if you think Pam Ferris is the perfect actress to play Aunt Marge in Prisoner of Azkaban, you've got to see her as the Trunchbull in the adorable film of this book, directed by Danny DeVito.
Recommended Age: 8+
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