At the start of the story Manuel class was having a talent show for the school. His teacher asked does any body want to participate. Manuel thought that he did this and won he would be the coolest guy and get Petra Lopez the second prettiest girl to hang out with him. Then as soon as he raised his hand he regreted raising his hand.
At Lunch Manuel stayed close to his friend Benny. Who was going to play the trumpet in the talent show but hurt his lip playing football. He was trying to stay as close to him as possible. He asked for if he looked good or do you think I look good. Benny also gave him some tips like I think you should dance while you are singing.
The day had come the night of the talent show. Manuel was super scared because their was a lot of people their and I it was packed. Manuel was whispering the and moving back and forth like Benny told him to. Then it was time for Manuel to go up he gave his record player to Mr Roybal and he started to sing and sway back and forth and sing Para bailar la bamba over and over.
Author Gary Soto was born half mexican-american. He is now 66 years old and graduated from the university of California Irvine. His fathers name was Manuel.