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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Francis Shura Craig  

Pen Name: Mary Francis Shura, M F Craig, Meredith Hill, Mary Craig, Alexis Hill, Mary Shura Craig, Mary S Craig, M S Craig

Genre: Fiction Mystery Romance

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: February 27, 1923 in Pratt, Kansas

Died: January 12, 1991 in Maywood, Illinois

-- Mary Francis Shura Craig on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Shura Craig lived in Maywood at the time of her death.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Francis Shura Craig was a writer of over 50 novels from 1960 to 1990. She wrote children's adventures and young adult romances as Mary Francis Shura, M. F. Craig, and Meredith Hill; gothic novels as Mary Craig; romance novels as Alexis Hill, Mary Shura Craig and Mary S. Craig; and suspense novels as M. S. Craig.

She was a recipient of the Carl Sandburg Literary Arts Award in 1985, and was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America in 1990.


Mary Francis Shura was a recipient of the Carl Sandburg Literary Arts Award in 1985.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Darcy /
ISBN: 059042016x. OCLC Number: 20128337

Scholastic,. .

All Darcy wants to do is have fun for her sixteenth birthday. But the Galveston hurricane of September 1900, changes all that.

Gabrielle /
ISBN: 0590407163. OCLC Number: 16140643

Scholastic,. .

Polly panic /
ISBN: 0399222146. OCLC Number: 20056018

Putnam,. .

When disastrous things happen as Polly enters sixth grade, she finds that in dealing with untrustworthy friends, bullies, and family problems, she has overcome her natural fearfulness.

The Josie gambit /
ISBN: 0396088104. OCLC Number: 13007613

Dodd, Mead,. .

Shy, twelve-year-old, chess-loving Greg is apprehensive about spending six months with his grandmother in Pineville, Illinois; but his relationship with the outgoing Nolan family involves him in some real-life chess moves with a troubled girl, that open him up to loyalty and friendship with people who really count.

The search for Grissi /
ISBN: 0396085849. OCLC Number: 11550269

Dodd, Mead,. .

Eleven-year-old Peter feels uncomfortable at home and school after his family moves to Brooklyn, until his search for his sister's missing cat opens up a new life for him.

The Sunday doll /
ISBN: 0396093094. OCLC Number: 17505994

Dodd, Mead,. .

Thirteen-year-old Emmy finds herself sheltered again from her family's problems when she is hastily sent to Aunt Harriett's for the summer because of a serious problem involving her older sister Jayne.