Manual was walking to school wondering why he had raised his hand? It would have been better if he didn't volunteer for the talent show. He was going to mouth the words to the song La Bamba.
When Manuel went to rehearsal, he was frightened by the blowing of his friend's trumpet. He then accidentally dropped the tape. When this happened, he was luckey enough that it didn't break.
Manuel's Mom and Dad really wanted to know what he was going to do for the talent show. Manuel won't say a word. They all mow down their food and get on the way to the talent show. Once they see their son they are super proud. Manual was worried that it was going to be terrible considering the tape got stuck, but it was a hit.
The author of the story is Gary Soto. He was born April 12, 1952. He is married to Carolyn Oda. His parents are Manuel Soto, and Angie Soto. He has written many books.