Atsuko Asano あさのあつこ
Atsuko Asano (1954–) is a native and resident of Okayama Prefecture. She graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo and worked as a substitute teacher in Okayama City before making her debut as a writer. In 1997 she won the Noma Prize for Children's Literature for Batteri (Battery), a story centering on two boys who form a baseball battery as they enter middle school; two years later she received the JAWC Award for Batteri 2, and in 2005 she was awarded the Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Award for the full six-volume series. Tremendously popular across a wide spectrum of readers, the series has exceeded a combined total of 10 million in sales. Combined sales of her nine-volume YA science-fiction series No. 6, published from 2003 to 2011, have also passed the 10 million mark. She writes for the general reader as well as for children, and her novel Tamayura (Fleeting Moment) garnered the Shimase Award for Love Stories in 2011.