Manuel was walking to school thinking about his talent show performance. He was mad that he raised his hand to do the talent show. He was hoping to impress people but was also scared of being embarrassed.
Manuel is practicing and asking if his performance will be good. Mr. Roybal is testing out his record for the song. He gives it to Manuel while Manuel is holding it he drops and the record goes rolling doesn't break when hits the wall, but it is scratched up.
When Manuel was performing everything was going smooth and perfect when all of a sudden the record just keeps repeating it self. finally Manuel got off stage everybody was laughing at him when he went to his parents after the show all the kids told him how funny he was.
Gary Soto was born with Mexican and America parents named Manuel and Angie Soto. His father died in 1957. Gary parents struggled to find work he, Gary wasn't a good student didn't have a lot of time to do his studies. In high school he found his liking in poetry.