I certainly understand how Amelia feels in "Amelia's Family Ties"...most of the time. In previous books, when she talked about her father, she seemed eager to know more about him. Now, when she gets the chance to meet him, she seems to have an awful time. Even though what her father did was wrong, he is still trying his best. OK, so the teddy bear wasn't for Amelia, but its the thought that counts, right? And what was with the "I hate you!" when Clara invaded Amelia's privacy? I would be mad to, but out of respect, for letting me stay as a guest in their apartment, and because she IS related to me, I wouldn't go THAT far. But, if you ignore Amelia's harsh reactions and feelings toward her new family, the books is really great, along with the rest of the series.