The Atlantic Wire released a list of the “25 Most Wonderful Book Covers of the Year” today, and local artist Nathan Durfee is among the winners — though he’s not officially recognized. Compiled by “YA for Grownups” columnist Jen Doll and a few of her bookish friends, the list includes works by popular YA authors like David Levithan, Lois Lowry, and Colin Meloy. Durfee illustrated Natalie Standiford’s The Secret Tree. “This childlike but clearly skilled illustrative quality just tugs at the heartstrings, for me at least,” Doll writes. We love the idea of the round-up, but we wish the article had actually given credit to all of the artists responsible for these great covers. Check it out here.

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