English newspaper The Telegraph recently excerpted an essay that will appear in the Royal Society of Literature Review of the 100 books all children should read. The essay is by author Michael Morpurgo who, totally coincidentally, includes two of his own books on the list. His basic criterion for a book's inclusion is that the book must be fun or enjoyable to read. based on the premise that children need to learn to enjoy to read. "The motivation must come first, horse before cart. ...If we really want our children to become readers for life, we would do well to remember that horses are much more fun than carts anyway." Among the books for youths, Morpungo recommends The Twits by Roald Dahl and "Junk" by Melvin Burgess, a "tough, clear-eyed story of heroin addiction."