After a dip last month that saw children’s book sales figures fall 9.5 percent in July 2012 over the same period last year – at least partly due to the cooling down of Hunger Games sales – the category rebounded in August, according to the AAP StatShot. Overall sales for children’s books were up 8.6 percent over August 2011, with hardcover numbers alone climbing 15.7 percent. Several books made splashy debuts during the month, perhaps accounting for the boost. Among the high flyers were Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson (Little, Brown), which, according to BookScan, sold more than 35,000 copies in its first week; The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins, 28,000); Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgin by Richard Paul Evans (Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink, 27,000); and Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion, 21,500).