In the start of the story Manuel is walking to school and wondering why he raised his hand in class when the teacher asked who wanted to go out for the talent show. At the talent show he is going to sing La Bamba. At rehearsal Benny blew his trumpet and Manuel dropped his record, he thought it was ok.
That night he had had a bunch of homework and chores. When he was in bed he prayed that he didn't mess up at he talent show, like he did in first grade when he made a C battery and a bulb to make a flashlight. He showed it to so many people that at school it ran out of battery.
The day whizzed past for Manuel. When he got to the talent show the "conductor" said his line and a girl did a tooth brush dance. Everybody did there act and Manuel was almost up. The speaker went back on stage and announced Manuel. He did his act but in the middle of the song the record got stuck and Manuel had to keep saying Para bailar la bamba over and over again.
After everybody laughed at Manuel, Benny went on stage and played his trumpet. After the talent show everybody got cookies and the cool kids came and hung out with Manuel. When they got home his dad went into his lazy chair and Manuel went to bed feeling happy.