The Greatest Treasure of Charlemagne the King
Illustrated by Deborah Klein
Scholastic Australia, 1997
The Emperor Charlemagne is rich and powerful, but he is also lonely and bored. So he sends his courtiers out to find him a treasure that will make him happy for the rest of his life.
The surprising hero of this quest proves to be a monk, who not only teaches the emperor to read but goes on to found a library that rescues Europe from the Dark Ages.
This imaginative re-telling of history is a fable for our times, which speaks to everyone who values books and reading.
CBCA Notable Book, 1997