He prayed he would not mess up that night like he did in 1 st grade. In 1st grade he wired a c battery and a light buld together. He said he discovered how a flash light worked. He brought it to school to show his classmates, but the battery was dead and it did not work.
Manual was singing the song La Bamba, during the school talent show. While he was singing the record got stuck on the line Para bailor la bamba. The crowd laughed very loud the whole time. He was about to cry as he walked off the stage.
After Manuels act everyone told him that he was hilarious. The more popular kids clustered around him after the show. The editor of the school bulletin asked him how he made the needle stick. Manuel said "It just happened."
Gary Soto is the middle child with 2 other siblings. In high-school he averaged a D. He has produced 4 poetry books and has been published in different poetry magizines.