What is the summary of the book Matilda by Roald Dahl?  

Roald Dahl's Matilda tells the story of an underappreciated young girl called Matilda. Her school teacher Miss Honey is the only adult that can see Matilda's sensitivity and genius. Under her tutelage, Matilda finds she has special powers and uses them to reap revenge on the awful headmistress Miss Trunchbull.

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At the beginning of the book, Roald Dahl tells the reader that Matilda Wormwood is one of the few examples of a child that is disliked by her parents. What makes it tragic, however, is that Matilda is a daughter most mums and dads would love to have. By the...

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At the beginning of the book, Roald Dahl tells the reader that Matilda Wormwood is one of the few examples of a child that is disliked by her parents. What makes it tragic, however, is that Matilda is a daughter most mums and dads would love to have. By the age of four, she can read and write to a high level.

In comparison, Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood are hateful, ignorant people. Mr Wormwood sells secondhand, often shoddily repaired, cars, and Mrs Wormwood spends her time trying, in vain, trying to look younger than her many years. They just cannot understand why Matilda would prefer to involve herself in more intellectual pursuits.

After her parents try to ban her from reading, Matilda thinks up a series of ingenious ways to get her revenge. First, she lines her father's hat with super glue so it stays stuck to his head. Second, she borrows her friend's parrot and hides it in the house. When it starts to speak, she claims it's a ghost. Finally, she replaces her father's hair tonic with peroxide hair wash.

Life changes for Matilda when she starts to attend primary school. Here, she meets the lovely teacher Miss Honey. For the first time, she has an adult in her life that believes in her and reacts positively to her genius. The school's awful headmistress Miss Trunchbull is not so positive.

Miss Trunchbull believes firmly that Matilda, and children in general, are just bad news and so likes to treat them with the disdain she thinks they deserve. According to another pupil called Hortensia, Trunchbull has a small room called The Chokey, lined with nails and broken glass, where she locks misbehaving children. Hortensia tells Matilda that she once saw Trunchball grab a girl by her pigtails and throw her into the farthest field. No one complains, even the parents, because "they're all scared to death of her."

Matilda sees Trunchbull's nastiness firsthand one day at assembly. Trunchbull accuses a boy called Bruce of stealing a cake and then, in front of the whole school, forces him to eat another, much bigger cake. She hopes it will make him sick, but Bruce triumphantly finishes it all off.

Miss Trunchbull takes over Matilda's class for one day. Bravely, the children decide to play a trick on her and put a newt in her water pitcher. It gives Miss Trunchbull the fright of her life. However, because he doesn't like to appear weak, she decides to blame the first child that comes to her mind. That child is Matilda. Matilda is furious and, concentrating on Miss Trunchbull's glass of water with her mind, thinks about spilling the water all over Miss Trunchbull and setting the newt free. To Matilda's surprise, the glass topples over.

Matilda confides in Miss Honey about her new found powers. Though shocked, Miss Honey takes Matilda under her wing, and even confides in her that Miss Turnbull, her aunt, raised her after her father died. Miss Honey has managed to escape to a small cottage, but Miss Turnbull still keeps her as a slave of some sort by taking a large portion of her paycheck for payment for all the clothes and food she bought for Miss Honey when she was a child.

Matilda reaps revenge on behalf of her beloved teacher the next day at school during Miss Turnbull's class. She picks up a piece of chalk with her mind and uses it to write messages to Miss Turnbull from Miss Honey's dead father. For example, she writes "give my Jenny back her wages" and "if you don't, I will come and get you." Miss Trunchbull is so shocked that she faints.

Miss Trunchbull disappears, taking all her belongings with her. Miss Honey receives a letter informing her that she—not Trunchbull—is the true owner of her father's house. The story ends with Miss Honey adopting Matilda as her daughter.

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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 asks her dad for a book and is pressured to watch television instead.  When she learns about the library, Matilda makes it a goal to get there and learn to read on her own (under the watchful eye of the neighborly librarian).  Matilda reads the classics, not just simple children's books, and is chastised by her parents for her intelligence.  Matilda always finds ingenius ways to get back at them, though, either by putting peroxide in her father's hair dye or superglue in his favorite hat. 

It isn't long before Matilda's Kindergarten teacher, Miss Honey, discovers Matilda's genius as well, but when Miss Honey tries to suggest higher education to the parents, she is met with mega-resistance.  Meanwhile, the horrible headmistress at Matilda's school (who is also Miss Honey's aunt) abuses the children in all of her classes to no end.  Even though "The Trunchbull" is often seen hurling children out of windows and forcing kids to scarf down a class-size chocolate cakes, the worst torturous punishment the children can endure is to be slammed in "the Chokey." 

Matilda's supernatural powers stem from the fact that she is psychokinetic (and can manipulate objects at will).  Matilda uses this to her full advantage both with her parents and with Trunchbull.  The climax of the book is when Matilda uses her powers to draw on the chalkboard in the name of "Magnus" in order to scare Trunchbull into leaving the school for good and giving Miss Honey her right inheritance. 

Just as Matilda's parents are caught in their cheating business schemes and decide to move to Spain, Miss Honey asks if she can adopt Matilda.  The horrible Wormwoods drive away never to be seen again while Miss Honey and Matilda are left to a beautiful and happy life together.

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