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Matilda by Roald Dahl is the story of a gifted, extraordinarily talented girl born to boring, unimaginative parents. From the time she is born, Matilda is different than other children. She is a genius who finds an outlet from her parents when she teaches herself to read, and finds refuge...

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Matilda by Roald Dahl is the story of a gifted, extraordinarily talented girl born to boring, unimaginative parents. From the time she is born, Matilda is different than other children. She is a genius who finds an outlet from her parents when she teaches herself to read, and finds refuge in the local library. Her parents find her to be a trying child who they wish would vegetate in front of the television. Instead, Matilda would rather read or do mathematical computations far above her years. Matilda applies her brilliance to trick her parents and she discovers that she has telekinetic abilities that allow her to move things with her mind.

Once Matilda goes to kindergarten, her teacher, Miss Honey, realizes that she is a genius but even Matilda is unaware of her hidden talent. Miss Honey takes Matilda under her wing and nurtures her. While they share time in Miss Honey’s modest cottage, Matilda finds out that Miss Trunchbull, the abusive headmistress of the school, is Miss Honey’s unscrupulous aunt. Matilda uses her telekinetic skills to scare off Miss Trunchbull. When the chalk independently writes a message on the classroom chalkboard, Miss Trunchbull leaves, never to return.

Matilda’s parents move away leaving her with Miss Honey, who challenges the child’s intellect.

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