Matilda

by Roald Dahl

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Book Information

Publication Date: October 1, 1988


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 840L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level S


Interest Level: Grades 3-7


Major Awards: 1989 Children's Book Award


Number of Pages: 256 pages


Approximate Word Count: 78,080 word -- The average reader will spend 5 hours and 12 minutes reading Matilda at 250 words per minute.


Audible Book Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins


Book Themes: Education, Supernatural, Fear, Youth, Violence, Family, Freedom and Confinement, Good vs Evil


Genre: Children's Literature, Fantasy, Coming-of-Age


Setting: A Small English Village


Important Quote: So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.


First Line: It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.


Point of View: First Person Peripheral Narrator

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