Pretty cool, though doesn't Scientology require reading books?
Generally speaking yes. But in this child's case, no. In the Sea Org, unless they do training courses that require they read LRon's basic books, they only do administrative courses consisting of "checksheets" that require them to read LRon's organizational policies, and listen to his recorded lectures. They might read a chapter from "Problems of Work", a basic LRon book. But mostly, they work. The Sea Org always promises that they will finish school and get a GED. But that promise, from my experience is often betrayed. If they do get a GED, it is only to fill a legal requirement and is meaningless to them. Look what Dave MisCavage has said about education. That is the culture.
This was not a case of the child couldn't read, they just never read a book for fun, or out of interest or curiosity in a subject. Growing up, they were never encouraged to read anything other than scientology material. They might have been made
to read LRon's "The Way To Happiness" as a child, a book that lists and describes moral precepts for people to follow, especially if they misbehaved. But scientology does not encourage one to read outside of scientology indoctrination. It probably discouraged it, imo.
Other people not ever in scientology might not become book readers either. But in this person's case, I felt they were never even given a chance.