Economic Inequality

The American Dream under Siege

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Millions of Americans don’t earn enough money to pay for decent housing, food, health care, and education. Increasingly, families and young people aren’t doing better than their parents and grandparents before them. In fact, they’re doing worse. And women and minorities earn less than white men. The American Dream is harder to achieve than ever before. Meanwhile, the rich keep getting richer.

Many Americans are angry about economic inequality, and many are working on solutions. Readers will learn how state and local governments, businesses, and ordinary citizens—including young people—are fighting to close the gap between rich and poor, to preserve the promises of American democracy, and to give everyone a fair shot at the American Dream.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2018-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN010000, YAN040000, YAN051030
Dewey 339.2/20973
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1110
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, and Starred Reviews


  • Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year, Winner, 2019



“[D]eserves a spot in all young adult nonfiction collections.”—VOYA

Kirkus Reviews

“This exemplary piece of introductory economics deserves a place in every middle and high school library across the land.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“[A] valuable resource for young adults attempting to untangle the complexities of economics . . .”—School Library Journal


“This remarkably even-handed, lucid volume confidently leads readers through the murky world of wealth and economics in America. . . . Instructive, galvanizing nonfiction for a critical issue with widespread effects.”—starred, Booklist

Author: Coral Celeste Frazer

Coral Celeste Frazer has an M.A. in sociology from Princeton University and a long-standing interest in issues of inequality, collective action, and social justice. She writes nonfiction and fiction for teens and adults, as well as reading comprehension items for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). She has lived in Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, and Boston, and now resides in Norwich, England, with her husband and son.