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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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The search for Grissi
ISBN: 0396085849

Dodd, Mead. 1985

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 Josie gambit
ISBN: 0396088104

Dodd, Mead. 1986

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.

Gabrielle (Sunfire, No 24)
ISBN: 0590407163

Scholastic Paperbacks. 1987

Is it the showboat magic that makes him love her? She's a showboat star. Will she have to give it up for love? Sixteen-year-old Gabrielle Prentice is practicing a new tight rope act for her father's showboat on the banks of the Mississippi River when she falls into the arms of a handsome young farmer -- and in love. She soon finds that being in love with David Wesley isn't easy. Mrs. Wesley, his mother, looks down on showboat people, and showboat people, especially the talented, aloof Stephen Dubois, do not think mush of farmers. But Gabrielle is determined to pursue her dream of life on land. She convinces her father to let her accept an invitation grudgingly extended by Mrs. Wesley to spend a week on the family farm. Life on the farm is not what Gabrielle had imagined. David is different, too. Has Gabrielle been dreaming of the wrong love? And is she ready to face what she really wants?

The Sunday Doll
ISBN: 0396093094

Dodd Mead. 1988

Family ties and conflicts are explored in the story of a girl who comes to see a seemingly odd gift, and her own troubled family, in a new light

Diana (Sunfire)
ISBN: 059041416X

Scholastic Paperbacks. 1988

Diana is caught between her feelings for David, a handsome French Creole aristocrat, and John, a Kentucky frontiersman who has signed on for the Lewis and Clark expedition

Darcy (Sunfire No. 32)
ISBN: 059042016X

Scholastic Paperbacks. 1989

Caught in the terrifying force of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Darcy gains strength from the harrowing experience and learns to appreciate her own special qualities and those of the man she loves

Polly Panic
ISBN: 0399222146

Putnam Juvenile. 1990

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

Gentle Annie: The true story of a Civil War nurse
ISBN: 0590443674

Scholastic. 1991

A biography of Anna Blair Etheridge, a nurse during the Civil War, from childhood through her four years of service with the Army of the Potomac.

Winter Dreams, Christmas Love (Point)
ISBN: 059044672X

Point. 1992

Ellen Marlowe, a high-school freshman, worries that her budding romance with dashing senior Michael Tyler will not survive when he goes off to college in the fall. Original.


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