Matilda is one of my FAVORITE movies ever! I have not read the book, but since I found out there is one, I'm currently running out the door to go read it. This would be a great read aloud or small group. It is about a young girl who has a tough home life and has to go to school to deal with the worst principal ever. However, despite everything she has against her, her love for reading and her amazing teacher helps her through it. I would recommend this for around 3rd grade.