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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Dodd, Mead,. New York, N.Y. :. ©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. OCLC Number:

Dodd, Mead,. New York :. ©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 /
ISBN: 0590407163. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 1987.

The Sunday doll /
ISBN: 0396093094. OCLC Number:

Dodd, Mead,. New York :. ©1988.

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.

Diana /
ISBN: 059041416x. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York, N.Y. :. [©1988]

Darcy /
ISBN: 059042016x. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©1989.

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

Polly panic /
ISBN: 0399222146. OCLC Number:

Putnam,. New York :. ©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 :
ISBN: 0590443674. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©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 /
ISBN: 059044672x. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 1992.


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