The Stranger Within Sarah Stein (Texas Tech University Press, $19.95) by Thane Rosenbaum presents a modern-day Alice in Wonderland in which a young girl from a broken home discovers a magic portal under the Brooklyn Bridge that teaches her about the Holocaust and 9/11. In spite of the subject matter, the story manages to maintain what the Los Angeles Times terms, “. . . a bright fairy-tale aspect, a kind of ‘Willy Wonka’ meets ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” Rosenbaum is the author of the novels The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and Elijah Visible.