Macmillan bags standalone thriller from Josephine Angelini

Macmillan bags standalone thriller from Josephine Angelini

Josephine Angelini, the YA author best known for her Starcrossed fantasy series, is to write a standalone thriller for Macmillan Children’s Books.

MCB publisher (6+) Venetia Gosling bought world English-language rights to What She Found in the Woods from the Creative Arts Agency. The book follows "over-medicated and uninspired" teen Magda, who is shipped off to her grandparents’ house in the remote Pacific Northwest after a scandal
at school. She soon meets a mysterious stranger, and then a body is found in the woods...

Gosling said the novel explored important topics such as mental health and substance abuse, adding: "It’s a cross between ‘Captain Fantastic’ and We Were Liars, with an unreliable narrator, loads of suspense and some very topical concerns. We absolutely loved it."

MCB will publish the novel next summer, alongside "refreshed" editions of the Starcrossed texts.