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Authors: Jacqueline Jules

Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash

BOOK: Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash

Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash
Zapato Power, Book 4
Jacqueline Jules

Art by Miguel Benítez

Albert Whitman & Company

Chicago, Illinois

To the KidLit Blogging Community: Thank You! —JJ


1. Bubble Gum on the Sidewalk

2. The Girl on the Green Bike

3. A Not-So-Easy Hero Job

4. POP!

5. Worried!

6. I Need My Goggles

7. Flip, Flop! Flip, Flop!

8. Splash!

Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow

1. Bubble Gum on the Sidewalk

It was so hot, I was melting into the sidewalk, like the purple bubble gum I stepped in on my way home from summer camp.

“ICK!” I was stuck.

My shoes were special. They gave me Zapato Power, the power to run faster than a train. A little grape bubble gum shouldn’t have stopped me.

I bent down and pulled on my right foot. That unstuck my sneaker but unbalanced me. SPLAT!

My bottom hit the ground, and I felt something underneath me. I hoped it wasn’t dog poop.

Sometimes superheroes have to be brave even when they don’t want to be. I looked to see what I was sitting on.

Luckily, it wasn’t dog poop. It was a pink wallet.

Who dropped a wallet? I opened it. Superheroes don’t steal, but they do snoop. There were two twenty-dollar bills inside. Wow!

Before I could find out more, a girl with short, dark hair rode up on a green bike. Maybe the wallet was hers.

“Is this yours?” I asked, holding it out.

“NO!” she said, swiping the wallet from my hand. “But it’s not yours either.”

The girl rode off on her green bike. I couldn’t let her get away with that! I had Zapato Power, and I could outrun a bike.

I stood up and put on my silver goggles, the ones that almost make me look like a superhero. Then I pressed the button on my purple wristband, the one that controls my Zapato Power. I was ready to catch that girl crook in the blink of an eye.

I fell backward on my bottom again.

Huh? My Zapato Power wasn’t working!

“Freddie?” a deep voice called. “What happened?”

It was Mr. Vaslov. He’s the man who takes care of Starwood Park, where I live. He’s also the only other person who knows about my Zapato Power, because he’s the guy who made my special shoes.

“I don’t know,” I said, looking at the purple wad of bubble gum underneath my right sneaker.

Mr. Vaslov took a flat blade out of his pocket. He’s an inventor and a fixer, so he always has tools handy.

“Looks like you need a cleanup,” he said.

While Mr. Vaslov scraped the gum, I told him about the girl on the green bike.

“I think I’ve seen her before,” I said.

“Maybe she goes to your school.”

“Maybe,” I agreed, trying to remember. She was bigger than I was, so I guessed she was older.

“There!” Mr. Vaslov said. “The gum is gone. See if you can run now.”

I stood up on my purple zapatos. I could feel them humming, itching to race. And there was a girl on a green bike with a stolen wallet. I had a hero job to do.

2. The Girl on the Green Bike

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