I have a student that I'm tutoring who "doesn't like to read" and is uncooperative when asked to do so. He's somehow in AP Literature for this next year, though he and his parents seem to have identified that he lacks many skills for analyzing and discussing themes and such in literature. Nonetheless, the agency I work for is trying to help him out as best we can.
For developing critical and analytical skills, we have short-reads with questions that he should read and answer, but he is uncooperative, even when the passages are half a page long and have only about four questions accompanying them. He keeps saying he "don't like to read", and has suggested that since these activities don't pertain to his book assignments, that they're a waste of his time - in spite of what we tell him.
Problem is, he's not making it through his books very quickly (to his credit, he is a very busy kid, working quite a lot over the summer, and living some distance away), either. And we don't have enough overall time to let him sit and read with us and still get through the lessons he may need to prepare for the fall class.
The book choices are Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984; I'm wondering if there may be some public-domain lessons or units pertaining to these books, or an "alternate" way that the books might be presented to him - perhaps as graphic novels? I haven't been successful finding any in my (admittedly brief) searches, but I thought to ask and see if anybody here had some ideas. I have no problem investing some money in these things (reasonably, of course), as I could simply use them for my own classroom in the future, anyhow.