The beginning of the story was about Manuel practicing for the play thing he is doing for his school. Then when he is waiting his friend blows into his trumpet and makes Manuel dropped his 44 record. Manuel was lucky that his record didnt get scratched.
This part of the story is where Manuel is singing the song La Bamba. This is also when his record keeps playing the same words it was just saying. So he is just dancing around singing and dancing when he ends up stopping and running back stage and not continuing his play thing.
This is when everybody started crowding around Manuel. This is after he did his play thing already. Everybody pretty much was crowded around him even the most popular kids.
Gary Soto is the author of the book La Bamba. He is a writer tat still writes today. Gary Soto was the first Mexican American writer to earn a M.F.A.