What is the book summary of Matilda by Roald Dahl? What is the beginning, middle, and end about in Matilda?

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Matilda, written by Roald Dahl, is a novel about a small girl named Matilda. Matilda is an extremely bright young girl but is ignored by her mean parents. In the beginning of the novel, readers learn that Matilda is so bright that she teaches herself to read and spends her days going to the local library in order to check out books.

While Matilda's parents are ignoring her, Matilda gets even. She plays tricks on her parents such as gluing her father's hat to his head and dying his hair blonde. One day, Matilda decides she wants to go to school.

The middle of the novel is about most of Matilda's time spent at school. At school, Matilda's teacher, Miss Honey, quickly realizes her potential. Miss Honey asks her headmistress, the Trunchbull, if Matilda could be moved into a higher level, but is denied. Matilda meets many friends at school, especially Lavender and Hortensia. Hortensia tells the girls many horror stories about the Trunchbull that turn out to be true.

As Matilda and Miss Honey bond, Matilda learns more about her teacher's life. She learns that Miss Honey used to be quite wealthy but when her father died, her awful aunt took everything from her. As it turns out, Miss Honey's mean aunt happens to be the Trunchbull herself. Matilda goes about using her bright mind and telekinetic powers to help Miss Honey get back what belongs to her.

Near the end of the novel, Matilda's parents announce one day that they are going to move to Spain. Matilda does not want to go with them and is allowed to stay and live with Miss Honey.

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At the beginning of Dahl's book the reader is made to believe the following very quickly:  Matilda Wormwood is misunderstood by her parents since the day of her birth.  Matilda is an exceptional, gifted, and almost supernatural child born to very average, unintelligent, and unimaginative parents. During her toddlerhood, Matilda...

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