Where I Belong
Mary Downing Hahn
Brendan doesn't have low self esteem he has no self esteem everyone from teachers to his foster parents continually remind him how inadequate he is.
Brendan was born to a crack addict Mother who abandons him as an infant and he has difficulty concentrating in school and in sixth grade he gets Fs in everything but art. When Brendan is forced to go to Summer School he does not expect to meet a friend but he soon meets Shea and they become friends.
One day a group of boys beat Brendan so bad they nearly kill him but with his Fostef Moms help he makes it through, but he is to afraid to admit he knows who they are until he sees them hurting someone else.
I give this book five out of five stars...