In La Bamba Manuel is the main character. He signed up for a school talent show and it was happening the next night. Manuel was sure he going to mess up, but he practiced the whole time he was walking to school.
Gary Soto (Author)
During lunch Manuel and Benny ( his best friend ) practiced what they were doing in the talent show. Then the teacher told Manuel that the record recorder was jammed so he couldn't practice with it. As Manuel was waiting to go on at rehearsal he dropped his record, he picked it up and everything looked fine. Manuel was glad because he had a science project that failed.
After school Manuel went home and just kept thinking about the talents show. At breakfast his mom and dad where wondering what he was doing for the talent show he didn't tell. It got to talent show time the 4/6 people already went now it was Manuel's turn he.He got up there and was doing really good tell the record keep repeating it's self because it got scratched by the drop. Manuel got really embarrassed but he kept going and at the end everyone was say how funny it was in a good way even the popular kids.
Gary Soto lost his father at 5 years old and his family struggled with money. Gary went to Fresno City College and California State University where he earned his B.A. Soto's first collection poems The Elements of San Joaquin won U.S Award of the International Poetry Forum. In 1993 Soto received the Andrew Carnegie medal.