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Brenda Welburn announces publication of ‘The Time Travels of Annie Sesstry’

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Brenda Welburn’s new historical novel for young adults, “The Time Travels of Annie Sesstry: ” (published by Archway Publishing), focuses on a theme of family and history, specifically the idea that who a person is, is not merely because of their personal experiences, but also because of the experiences of those who came before them. The book is available for purchase at:

“Teens and adults will recognize the familiar angst of early adolescence,” says Welburn. “Time travels put a different spin on it when Annie comes to understand that what she considers to be problems and tribulations are nothing compared to what her ancestors faced.”

Annie, along with her younger sister and cousin take an unintended trip back in time, where they encounter their ancestors. Annie, Emma, and Josh learn of the challenges their ancestors faced during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Along the way, they discover new insights into their family history and the history of the nation through the eyes of formerly enslaved people.

“There is controversy today in how and what students are being taught about the history of slavery,” Welburn explains, adding “This book does not withdraw from the atrocities but addresses them in a way that young people can understand and respect.”

“The Time Travels of Annie Sesstry”
By Brenda Welburn
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 160 pages | ISBN 9781480860452
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 160 pages | ISBN 9781480860445
E-Book | 160 pages | ISBN 9781480860438
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Brenda Welburn spent 35 years in the field of education, specializing in governance and state education policy. A graduate of Howard University and former Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), she now has an independent consulting practice and writes a blog, Channeling Joshua. Her blog examines education policy issues from a practical perspective. She has given workshops and presentations on state education policy both nationally and internationally. While at NASBE, Welburn cultivated an expertise in cultural diversity and its impact on student learning. She authored the organization’s publication on multicultural education, “American Tapestry: Educating a Nation.”

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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