GETBranded Dog Tacos: A Skateboard Novel By David Thornton I usually hate fiction about skateboarding. The characters skate, of course, but the I once wrote a story published online by novel would still work if the kids didn’t Concrete Wave magazine, and it hurts me skate. to read it (yeah, it was that bad). However, the question still remains: Generally speaking, the lives of skaters What exactly is a “Dog Taco?” end up being wilder than fiction (think Duane Peters), and fiction that tries to No, it isn’t a taco made from the meat of play up a “larger than life” story of a skater man’s best friend. It is a place just over ends up sounding, for lack of a better the border from El Paso that three young word, fake. This was the fear when I first skaters decide to visit one Friday night. opened the book Dog Tacos by Terry The journey to and from Dog Tacos is the McChesney. When I saw a quote from tree they climb, and there are plenty of inBrian Brannon (look that dude up if you teresting rocks thrown at them along the don’t know), I knew if any novel would be way. the exception to this rule, it would be this one. McChesney, the author, does an excellent job producing a book that is pre-teen What makes the book work is that the friendly, but still readable by older skaters in this book don’t live ‘larger than readers. life’ lives. They’re kids (teenagers) who skate. They have differing personalities, For more information: but are, on the whole, just good kids who get into interesting situations that they http://www.dogtacos.com have to get themselves out of. And that is the mark of good fiction. A novel gives you characters. Those characters climb a tree. The writer then throws rocks at the characters in that tree, as the characters figure out a way to get back down to solid ground. This novel does that without relying on unbelievable personalities, and without making skateboarding the main character.
The second issue of Luchaskate Magazine. This issue features Kanis D.I.Y. in Little Rock, Arkansas.