"The Time Travels of Annie Sesstry" provides much-needed glimpses at important American history through the eyes of a very wise thirteen-year-old young lady. This is an important book for young readers and adults alike, that brings alive the struggles of enslaved persons and the rich African cultural heritage they drew upon to make sense of their enslavement. "The Time Travels of Annie Sesstry" is exceptionally well researched and a very compelling tale. This book should be read in every Middle and High School in the nation”.


Ted McConnell, Executive Director

Civic Mission of Schools

“Using time travel as a crafty device, Brenda Welburn gifts the reader with a mélange of family history, creative artistry and historical facts that educates and entertains. The eventful journey from contemporary metropolitan D.C. back to post civil-war Georgia where sassy teenage protagonist Annie encounters her ancestral family is riddled with intrigue.  While exposing with accuracy some of the terror and darkest moments of the era, the poignant journey illuminates the values, determination, and courage of a people forging a new life of freedom. The window on conditions experienced by our collective ancestors not only underscores how far we have come, but reminds as well that the struggle continues”.


The Honorable Alice Dear

Former Ambassador and U.S. Executive Director of the African Development Bank (AfDB)


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In her debut novel, Welburn combines the appealing time-travel theme with a new and powerful fantasy: that of restoring history to a people whose cultural identity—languages, family trees, familial relationships, even names—was taken from them. ​ 

An imaginative, compelling take on time travel, African-American history, and family.


Kirkus Review

Joshua and Missouri Calhoun on their 50th wedding anniversary

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”

Alex Haley