My Bouchercon 2015 panels: YA? Why not?
But the opening chapters of Snyder's novel The Egypt Game suggest that her narrative technique will be worth discussing as well. Each of the first three chapters picks up the story from a different viewpoint, Chapters 2 and 3 set at roughly the same time--and before the action related in Chapter 1-- and each featuring one of the story's of the two protagonists.
The multiple viewpoints presented after the story breaks away from its main action are a wonderful way to build suspense, leaving me, at least, eager to know what the two protagonists will get up to and how they will interact once the main action picks up again in Chapter 4. The technique reminded me of nothing so much as Richard Stark's Parker novels. And that showed me that yes, this may be a genre story featuring children as characters and intended for a young audience, but suspense is suspense, and good storytelling is good storytelling, whether the central figures are young girls or ruthless professional criminals. Oh, and The Egypt Game includes some good Hollywood jokes, rendered believably from a child's point of view.
© Peter Rozovsky 2015