by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average

Five-year-old Matilda is a genius whose mathematical and reading abilities are totally unappreciated by her father--a dishonest used-car salesman--and her mother, a devotee of bingo and TV soaps. Only when the girl enters school does she find an understanding teacher, Miss Honey, who tries to defend her pupils against the unbelievably cruel headmistress Miss Trunchbull.