Matilda was born to a family who didn't much care for her.
As Matilda grew up, she learned to take care of herself. While she was at school, her teacher, Ms. Honey, found out she was gifted. Ms. Trunchbull on the other hand didn't believe that and chose to put her in the chokey.
Ms. Honey and Matilda grow close and Ms. Honey realizes that Matilda's home life isn't the best.
Matilda's parents end up in trouble, because her father is a crook. They decide they have to pack up and move, quickly.
Matilda doesn't want to leave Ms. Honey so she convinces her parents to let Ms. Honey adopt her.
In the end, Ms. Honey gets to adopt Matilda and they both live happily ever after.