Freddie Ramos Takes Off

One day Freddie Ramos comes home from school and finds a strange box just for him.  What’s inside?  ZAPATO POWER—shoes that change Freddie’s life by giving him super speed!  But what will Freddie do with his fast new skills?  Weird things are happening at the Starwood Park Apartments where he lives, and his friends at school need his help.  Is Freddie Ramos ready to be a hero?  In this imaginative story by Jacqueline Jules, an ordinary boy in a city neighborhood learns how to use his new-found powers for good.  Illustrations by Miguel Benitez lend just a touch of comic-book style to this chapter book adventure.

  • 88 Pages
  • 5.25" x 7.5"
  • 9780807594797
  • March 2011

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  • 88 Pages
  • 5.25" x 7.5"
  • 9780807594803
  • March 2010

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  • $14.99
  • This item is currently out of stock.
  • 9780807594780
  • March 2011

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  • Designed for early readers, this chapter book includes frequent black-and-white cartoon illustrations featuring kids with outsized round heads…The few Spanish words establish the boy’s ethnicity but will be understood in context…An unusually appealing early chapter book.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • With its cartoon-style black-and-white illustrations and mostly breezy text, this book is tailor-made for the chapter book set.

    - The Horn Book Guide

Awards & Accolades

  • 2012 Oregon State Beverly Cleary Reader's Choice Award Master List
  • Great Early Elementary Reads, ALSC 2011-2012 Age Programs and Services Committee
  • Honor Book, 2011 Maryland Blue Crab Young Readers Award, Transitional Fiction
  • The Oregon Battle of the Books 2012 List
  • Winner 2010 Cybils: Short Chapter Book


Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off - Children's Book Trailer

Common Core

RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 1.00
  • ATOS Level: 3.30