Lake Panorama Author's Book Gains Recognition

By Susan Thompson

The latest young adult nonfiction book written by Cheryl Mullenbach, who lives at Lake Panorama, has been named to a list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms.

Women in Blue: 16 Brave Officers, Forensics Experts, Police Chiefs, and More has been selected for the list of Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017. The list is a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council.

Women in Blue, which was published in May 2016, is written for readers ages 12 and up, providing them with profiles of 16 females with careers in law enforcement—from some of the first police matrons 150 years ago, to today’s top forensic scientists and FBI agents.

Mullenbach wanted to highlight the progression of the role of women in law enforcement over the decades, so half of the women are from the past. She also wanted to showcase a variety of careers within law enforcement, and include women from a range of ages, backgrounds and locations.

“It wasn’t difficult to find individuals who were passionate about their work and who could lend perspective to challenges they faced as women in a male-dominated arena,” Mullenbach says.

The annual reading list is selected by a committee of social studies educators. Reviewers look for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diverse range of cultural experiences, and are of high literary quality.

Mullenbach has written three other books—The Great Depression for Kids, The Industrial Revolution for Kids, and Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II. Mullenbach’s books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Her fifth book titled Torpedoed!, a recounting of a World War II attack on a passenger liner, will release in September.

Mullenbach is a former history teacher, public television project manager and social studies consultant. She and her husband, Dick Wohlgamuth, and their dog, Ink, have lived on Lake Panorama’s Jones Cove for nearly 15 years.