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Mary Francis Shura Craig

Born: February 27, 1923 in Pratt, Kansas
Died: January 12, 1991 in Maywood, Illinois

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

Connection to Illinois: Shura Craig lived in Maywood at the time of her death.

Biography: 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.

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery; Romance

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers

Mary Francis Shura Craig on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Darcy /
ISBN: 059042016x OCLC: 20128337

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.

Gabrielle /
ISBN: 0590407163 OCLC: 16140643

Scholastic, New York : 1987.

Polly panic /
ISBN: 0399222146 OCLC: 20056018

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.

The Josie gambit /
ISBN: 0396088104 OCLC: 13007613

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.

The search for Grissi /
ISBN: 0396085849 OCLC: 11550269

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 Sunday doll /
ISBN: 0396093094 OCLC: 17505994

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.