Manuel was trying out for a school talent show. In which he didn't and did want to do. He wanted to impress his friends and family but, didn't want to humiliate himself either.
Manuel wanted to practice for the talent show tomorrow but couldn't because he had a lot of homework and had to do the dishes. So that night he practiced in the shower. When Manuel got to bed, he fell asleep confident about the show.
The next day Manuel was in the cafeteria at school right before the talent show. He accidentally dropped the record and it rolled until it hit a wall. It was finally Manuels turn to do his act he sang and did a dance step, then the record froze and started skipping. Manuel was stuck singing La Bamba. The crowed laughed and Manuel went home proud.
Gary Soto was born April 12, 1952. He is married to Carolyn Oda. He has received many awards and went to The University of California.