Philippa Gregory (pictured, via), author of The Other Boleyn Girl, will publish four young adult historical romance books with Simon & Schuster. The first title is slated for a summer 2012 release.

Children’s publishing director Ingrid Selberg (Simon & Schuster UK) and publisher Jon Anderson (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing) negotiated the deal. Fiction editorial director Venetia Gosling will edit.

Anderson had this statement in the release: “Gregory is the gold standard for historical fiction. These books are an irresistible combination that will introduce a whole new group of readers to Philippa Gregory, and we look forward to working closely with Philippa to make this new venture a great success.”