Meet the little girl who decided superheroes didn’t live only in comic books.

Then learn how she--and nine other amazing people--proved it.

Aggie Borkowski is only ten when she realizes the world needs help, and she can’t do the job alone. For the next dozen years, Aggie pursues her extraordinary goal: to gather a team of nine talented, dedicated people who want to be heroes.

Number one on that roster is Aggie’s remarkable grandfather, Bernie. His indomitable spirit--undaunted by personal tragedy and a sometimes-terrifying handicap--is key to the realization of Aggie’s dreams.

The Borkowskis’ story spans five decades, from Korea’s Demilitarized Zone to the high-tech minefield of life in the 21st Century, including a sojourn in that fearful place called middle school. With Bernie’s loving guidance, Aggie develops exceptional courage, all the while facing the conventional challenges of growing up and finding true love.

Aggie is just one girl trying to make a small difference…but like Bernie taught her, “A good deed is never too small.”

And it works even better when you can do it with a team.



IndieReader Discovery Awards Finalist 2012 Young Adult Books

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Rating: all ages
Publisher: Living Beyond Reality Press
Publication Date: May 2011
Genre: Contemporary mainstream
Pages: 458 in paperback
Words: 146,000

Print Book ISBN: 978-0-9843086-2-0
Print Book Price: $15.99

eBook ISBN: 978-0-9843086-3-7
eBook Price: $4.99
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It's Aggie and the Heroes!
This fabulous illustration of the team is by the amazingly talented Anna Rettberg, commissioned by the author.
Click on the image to view the individual characters on Flickr! And you can order a print in Anna's shop.

*Aggie's Nine Heroes and

Aggie's Nine Heroes explores themes related to responsible living, charity, and benevolent entrepreneurship. So, the author wanted to use the proceeds of this book in a manner that Aggie and her grandfather Bernie would approve. is an 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that allows people to lend money via the Internet to microfinance institutions in developing countries around the world in the U.S., which in turn lend the money to small businesses and students. Kiva enables people who otherwise would be "unbankable" to start businesses and become productive members of their local communities, while bringing themselves and their families out of poverty.

25% of the proceeds of the sales of Aggie's Nine Heroes will be donated outright to Kiva for ongoing administrative expenses. 75% of proceeds will be provided to investments through Kiva.