Matilda by Roald Dahl
Name: Namya Manglani (9 years)
School: Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School, Humayun Road, New Delhi.
‘Matilda’ is the story of an incredibly intelligent girl. She is brilliant, extraordinary and sensitive. She lives with her parents Mrs. and Mr. Wormwood and her brother Michael. Her parents are not fond of her and don’t treat her well. She teaches herself from magazines and newspapers lying around the house but her parents don’t approve of it. At one and a half years of her age her speech was perfect and could read big books to everyone’s surprise. Often she would visit the library as books transported her to a new world. Matilda longed for her parents to be kind and loving to her. At school her head teacher Ms. Trunchbull was a terror and would not treat the kids well but her class teacher Ms. Honey was kind and gentle. Matilda amazed everyone around her with her intelligence. One day Matilda realised she possessed magical powers describing them as “flying past the stars on silver wings”. She scared away Ms. Trunchbull and helped Ms. Honey get her house back. In the end Matilda gets adopted by Ms. Honey and they live happily together.
Matilda’s inspirational story teaches us not to give up and anything is possible to achieve if we put our mind to it.