One of my new favorites is Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm. It is a sweet story about a young girl who is sent to live with relatives in Key West during the depression. It has the feel of Because of Winn-Dixie (another great read aloud) with a touch of the little rascals.
Another book I enjoyed this summer was Marshfield Dreams by Ralph Fletcher. He writes about his own memories of grow-up in in New England.