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Matilda by Roald Dahl (Puffin, 1988)

Matilda is a five-and-a-half year-old super-nerd and a teacher’s pet. She does double-digit multiplication problems and reads Dickens! Matilda also has to battle her self-centered parents and most definitely against her principal The Trunchbull. Eventually, she must take on The Trunchbull when she defends her teacher Miss Honey.

Matilda was Roald Dahl’s third book. It broke all previous records for a work of children’s fiction in the UK by selling an incredible half a million paperbacks in six months! Matilda also won the Children’s Book Award in 1988. In 1996, a feature film starring Danny DeVito hit cinemas. If you fancy a trip to Britain, you could catch the musical, playing now.