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By: Hala Al Sulaiman (6-I)

Matilda Wormwood is a young girl who is extraordinarily brilliant. At a young age, she started solving complex math problems mentally and read books meant for adults. Unfortunately though, Matilda grew up with parents who did not give her the attention and love she deserves. Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood and their son, Michael, are quite different from Matilda - preferring to watch television rather than read books. They do not understand her and so often treat her badly.

Rather than feel hopeless, Matilda plays tricks on her family to get back at them for the way they treat her: replacing her father’s hair tonic with platinum hair dye and using a parrot to convince them that their house is haunted. These tricks give Matilda some relief and distract her parents from mistreating her.

Matilda starts school late for a girl her age and is placed in the lowest form in Crunchem Hall Primary School. Her teacher, Miss Honey, is a wonderful, sweet woman who immediately recognizes Matilda’s intelligence and so seeks to move her into the highest form where she can maximize her potential.

Unfortunately, though, Crunchem Hall is run by a terrible woman named Miss Trunchbull. She is massive and muscular, having been a former Olympic athlete for Britain. She absolutely loathes children and treats the students horribly, keeping them in line with terrible punishments such as the “Chokey” in which students have to stand up straight for hours in a thin closet made of walls of nails.

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Grab a copy if you enjoy reading a mélange of heartwarming emotions, adventure, and humor. This is a typical Dahl novel – a must read for kids and parents alike.

Source Link: October Newsletter (2018-2019)