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The illustration on our cover is taken from Think of an Eel, Karen Wallace, ill. Mike Bostock, published by Walker (0 7445 2250 1, £6.99) - see the article 'Facts... With the Freshness of Fiction' for more about this book and others in the 'Read and Wonder' series. We are grateful to Walker Books for their help in using this illustration.
I know that this book, with its garish cover, metallic lettering and idealised portrayal of romance will be borrowed more often than most in my book boxes. It's easy to criticise the sort of material it contains - stereotypical responses to love, a preoccupation with physical appearance, the inability to feel fulfilled without a partner - but these topics remain, for many readers, totally addictive.
A therapeutic escape into fantasy is something we all indulge in, but the danger is that this sort of fiction can too easily lay down inescapable ground rules for behaviour and attitude which many young female readers assimilate and aspire to emulate. 'Point Romance' will be as successful as its stablemate 'Point Horror', but we should encourage our young readers not to be entirely seduced by the overstated simplicity of the concepts it presents.