Sachiko Kashiwaba is a prolific writer of children’s and young adult fantasy whose career spans more than four decades. Her works have garnered the prestigious Sankei, Shogakukan, and Noma children’s literature awards, and her novel The Mysterious Village Veiled in Mist influenced Hayao Miyazaki’s film Spirited Away. Her books for children include the Monster Hotel series, Great-Aunt’s Amazing Recipes, Miracle Family, The What’s-Next Library, Summer of the Kimyo Temple Alley, The Witch Who Loved the King, and Strange Journey from the Basement, lately animated as The Wonderland. She has translated two fairy novels by Gail Carson Levine into Japanese, and she edited a children’s version of the Tōno monogatari, beloved folk legends collected by Kizen Sasaki and Kunio Yanagita. She lives in Iwate Prefecture.