The 25 Best Young Adult Fiction Novels of All Time

Matilda

Author: Roald Dahl
What To Read Next: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Though many of us know Matilda because of the film adaptation, lucky readers first encountered this supernatural tale as a novel by Roald Dahl, one of the most treasured authors of children's literature.

Raised by distant and emotionally abusive parents, Matilda is a symbol of hope for any lonely kid. As the cleverest of clever kids, the girl with magical powers constantly pulls pranks on her neglectful family when they misbehave. When she finally gets a shot at a regular childhood—that is, her parents actually enroll her in school—Matilda meets the sweet Miss Honey, who takes her under her wing and helps her take down the terrifying headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.

With this classic, Dahl introduced mistreated kids everywhere to a little something called "justice porn," where bullies get what they deserve.

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