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Zapato Power by Jacqueline Jules
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Apr 20, 12

bookshelves: children-s-literature, fiction, contemporary-fiction, adventure
Read in April, 2012

Grades 2-4

Fans of Freddie Ramos will enjoy this latest addition to the series. It's summer, and Freddie's first meeting with his new neighbor Erika isn't auspicious: she grabs a wallet that Freddie has just found and takes off. His superhero powers stand him in good stead, and he manages to get the wallet back and see it returned to its rightful owner, but Erika promises to pay him back. He is taking swimming lessons at his summer daycamp, and when his white backpack that had his goggles and his treasured zapatos (shoes) inside disappears, he remembers Erika's threat. Fortunately, Freddie listens to his friends before accusing her of stealing his backpack, and as he investigates further, he discovers it had become mixed up with some towels at the pool. He manages to deal with her bullying behavior successfully, and the sweet story ends on a hopeful note. Engaging characters and energetic comic book style drawings sprinkled throughout make this a great choice for students who are transitioning to chapter books.

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