The Matilda effect


Matilda is a keen scientist and inventor and loves creating new inventions. When someone else is given credit for Matilda’s entry at the school science fair, Matilda is determined to resolve the issue.


Matilda’s interests in science and her investigative spirit are traits often absent in books with young girls as their main character. When Matilda begins to investigate the injustice of her work not being properly recognised at the school science fair, she finds out her grandmother was overlooked for a prestigious award many years previous and so there is an intergenerational dimension to the injustices to female scholars.

Edited by: Centre for Children’s Literature and Culture Studies (Ireland)

Author(s): Irving, Ellie

Publisher: Corgi Books

City: London

Year: 2017

Pages: 306

ISBN: 9780552568371

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: EN

Original Language: EN

Keywords: Empowerment, Female characters, Positive role model, Relationships, School

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