Groundwood Books


Written by Alan Cumyn

For students in grades - 9 | Published July 13, 2011 | ISBN 9781554981731
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Dating & Sex

Cover of Tilt

Regular price $9.95 CAD

272 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book


Alan Cumyn

Nominated for the Ottawa Book Award

Stan is an intense sixteen-year-old loner who desperately wants to make the junior varsity basketball team. And it seems that he may be about to do so, until he’s blindsided by the unexpected attentions of Janine Igwash. Suddenly Stan is no longer thinking about jump shots. Instead he is obsessed with Janine’s spiky hair, her milky white shoulders and the mysterious little tattoo at the base of her neck, not to mention the heat of her breath, her dark eyes, wide hips and . . . Then Stan’s father arrives on the scene with Stan’s four-year-old half brother, and things become truly insane. Tilt is a wonderfully droll and insightful story about a sensitive, intelligent and gently funny young man living through an impossibly absurd time of life. This book is a rare achievement -- a witty, sexy compulsively readable work of high literary quality.

About the Author

Alan Cumyn

Alan Cumyn has written many highly acclaimed novels for both children and adults. He teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is currently chair of the Writers' Union of Canada. Visit Alan Cumyn's website:

Awards and Praise
Cumyn writes with an artless, resilient quirkiness, a wry, plainspoken inventiveness that instantly animates scenes and characters.
  • Commended Quill and Quire Books of the Year: Books for Young People, 2011
  • Commended Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2011, 2011
  • Short-listed Ottawa Book Award, 2012