Monday, October 29, 2007

Boo Humbug by Rene Gutteridge

Readers have come to love the eccentric characters from Skary, Indiana, in Rene Gutteridge’s popular Boo! series. Now, in Boo, Humbug! they’re back – and they’re stirring up a large amount of holiday havoc.  

It’s Christmastime in Skary, and the town is planning an original production of A Christmas Carol with a horror spin. As showtime approaches, things go very awry for director Lois Stepaphanopolis. She panics when she discovers that her marketing director loathes Christmas and that the audience has been promised not Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but the real Christmas story. Can the actors pull off the improv of all improvs and convince their community to embrace the true meaning of the Christmas season?

Boo, Humbug! offers readers a delightful glimpse into small town, community life with heartwarming humor and winsome characters. And in the end, the true meaning of Christmas shines out bright and clear, in a decidedly un-Skary way.

Rene Gutteridge is the author of 10 novels, including the Boo series, the Storm series, The Occupational Hazards series and My Life as a Doormat, a Women of Faith selection for 2006. She has been published over 30 times as a playwright, and holds a degree in screenwriting, graduating magna cum laude from Oklahoma State University. Rene is married to Sean, a musician, and they have two young children. They make their home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


What a fun book!  Boo Humbug is a great little tale of life in Smalltown America (in this case~ Skary, Indiana).  I could relate to it, because I live in a small town  very similar to Skary, where everyone knows everyone's business and there's no such thing as privacy.

Even though Boo Humbug is actually the fourth in Rene's Boo series, I was able to dig right into it and easily got to know the characters without having previously read it's predecessors (Boo, Boo Who, and Boo Hiss).  Now, though, I'd love to go back and read the other three, to learn more about Skary and the fun, eccentric people who live there. 

Boo Humbug is a small, hardback book;  the story is only 180 pages, so it's a quick (but fun) read.  If you are a fan of the Mitford series (by Jan Karon), then I think you'll enjoy the Boo books as well. 

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