Lexile Level: 840L
Matilda by Roald Dahl tells the story of a girl with many hardships who has particular attributes that make her unique, including her high intelligence and her special 'powers'. It is a great story in which the young main character has a strong sense of morals that enables her to stand up against the unpleasant adult characters. The book also features a dedicated teacher who recognizes Matilda's strengths and also uses a sense of right and wrong to guide her actions. As with all Roald Dahl stories, this novel is highly imaginative and has a captivating plot. The book would be wonderful to introduce to students as it illustrates how Matilda's love of reading and learning empower her. This book also would provide students with an opportunity to learn vocabulary in context as Roald Dahl's works all feature descriptive and figurative writing.