Elaine Dimopoulos and Julie Bliven discuss The Perilous Performance at Milkweed Meadow

Event date: 
Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 4:00pm

Please join us for Elaine Dimopoulos and Julie Bliven's discussion of The Perilous Performance at Milkweed Meadow 

Sunday, June 2nd at 4 PM

Butternut and the meadow creatures return in this middle-grade adventure sequel that will charm animal-loving fans of The Tale of Despereaux and Clarice the Brave. Illustrated by Caldecott winner Doug Salati.

After their remarkable rescue, the meadow creatures are back—now closer than ever and with beloved rabbit Butternut still captivating them all with her storytelling. But when a dazzling group of traveling turkeys shows up and persuades the meadow creatures to join them in putting on performance, Butternut is not sure she can find her place in all the excitement. She questions her storytelling abilities compared to this new crew.

When it turns out the turkeys—and the grand show—are not what they seem, Butternut's family and friends are suddenly in imminent danger. Butternut must figure out how to trust herself and find help. In the end, the hope is that friendship will win once more.

Beautiful and arresting black-and-white illustrations bring the animals to life in this nail-biting and heartwarming story about trust: trusting our instincts, trusting our creative talents, and trusting those who know and love us, even when it’s hard.


Elaine Dimopoulos is the critically acclaimed author of four novels for children: The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow and the forthcoming Perilous Performance at Milkweed Meadow, middle grade animal adventure stories illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Doug Salati. Turn the Tide, her middle grade novel-in-verse inspired by real-world environmental activism, won the Cadmus Children’s Fiction Green Earth Book Award. She is also the author of the young adult dystopia, Material Girls, which critiques fast fashion and consumer culture. Elaine served as the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence and has taught writing at Simmons University and GrubStreet. She lives in Massachusetts with her spouse, two children, and a Balinese cat named Plato.


Julie Bliven has been an editor of books for young children at Charlesbridge for more than a decade, and is also a published author. She holds a master's degree in children's literature from Simmons University. Sometimes Shy is Julie's debut picture book. Visit her at www.juliebliven.com. 


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79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478
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The Perilous Performance at Milkweed Meadow By Elaine Dimopoulos, Doug Salati (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Elaine Dimopoulos, Doug Salati (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781623544270
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - May 21st, 2024

Butternut and the meadow creatures return in this middle-grade adventure sequel that will charm animal-loving fans of The Tale of Despereaux and Clarice the Brave. Illustrated by Caldecott winner Doug Salati.

Age Group(s): 
Adult (19 - Boomer)