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I read this short story about 20 years ago, and I'd love to find the title and author. This is what I can recall about the story:

  • It takes place in a classroom full of kids (around 10 years old?)
  • The planet always gets rain
  • The kids lock the main character (a girl, I think) in the closet during the very rare occurrence of sunlight and she misses the entire event.

I know it's not much to go on, but I hope it rings a bell for someone!

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    I remember that story from 7th grade lit. – Peter Turner Jan 19 '11 at 22:28
  • It turns out that there is a song about this short story. I vaguely remembered it from 10-12 years ago. myspace.com/nyloosemusic/music/songs/song-for-margo-49897030 – Anna Jan 24 '11 at 18:15
  • There was a short movie adaptation: Story where a kid misses the window of sunlight – user56 Feb 29 '12 at 23:00
  • A very memorable short story, I remembered reading it the moment I read your first few words. – SaltySub2 Apr 7 '17 at 6:21
  • I've just noticed that Margot is moving back to Earth in a year. So screw all those kids that were mean to her. She's gonna see the sun in a year and they're gonna be under the rain for the next 7 – Valorum Jun 9 '18 at 20:53
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"All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury. It's been widely anthologised — follow the link from that Wikepedia article for a list, and it also links to an online copy of the story.

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