This is my favorite Roald Dahl book. Matilda is a smart and lonely five-year-old girl living with her vapid, mean family in England. She teaches herself reading and mathematics, and begins using her intellect to get back at her bullies.
As a nerd, I really enjoyed reading about Matilda's time at the library and, consequently, Matilda also gave me a great reading list. But what makes this story so sweet is that at the beginning of the story, Matilda found a way to protect herself from the people around her; by the end of the book, she has also found a way to protect others. Dahl has always been a kids-are-the-heroes type of author, and here it is no different. Matilda is great!