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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 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...

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A grouchy couple give birth to a very sweet girl they name Matilda. Unlike her bratty brother & mean parents, Matilda becomes a very sweet & extremely intelligent girl who is very anxious to go to school & read books. After a while, her parents send her to a school with the worst principal in the world, a very sweet teacher, & good friends. While trying to put up with her parent's & principal's cruelty, she starts to unwittingly unleash telekinetic powers that destroy a television & make a reptile fly on the principal. With enough practice, Matilda starts to learn to control her telekinetic powers & soon using them on her principal so she can drive her away from the school.Matilda is a bright little girl who is very eager to learn. Eventually, her insensitive parents send her to a school run by Miss (The) Trunchbull. She is a cruel authoritarian that loathes children. Matilda befriends her school teacher, Miss Honey. She soon realizes Matilda's talents, but is later amazed to see the full extent of Matilda's powers. This is the story of a sweet bright little girl named Matilda, who is a child of wondrous intelligence. But unfortunately she is different from the rest of her family. Ignored at home all the time, Matilda escapes into a world of reading, exercising her mind so much she develops telekinetic powers. Good thing, too: sent off to a school headed by a cruel hulking monster, principal Agatha Trunchbull, Matilda needs all the help she can get. Amid Crunchem's darkness, Matilda finds a single light in warm-hearted Miss Honey, the first-grade teacher who recognizes the girl's remarkable skills--including a very special talent that allows the spirited girl to turn the tables on the wicked grown-ups in her world. The story is about Matilda Wormwood, a young and smart 6 1/2 year old who loves to read. Her family never notice her and somewhat despise her. Her teacher is the only one who actually loves her. Matilda and her friends outwit Miss Trunchbull, the mean and evil headmisstress of Crunchem Hall.