Hi, I’m Rachel!

When I was little, I used to spend hours writing and illustrating my own stories. I would sneak to the printer for a few sheets and paper and bind my books with staples or a three-hole punch and some string.

As I got older, I kept writing stories. Sometimes true stories from the places I traveled and the things I learned. And sometimes made up stories from my own imagination.

Now, I am getting ready to publish my first children’s book, Spirit and Oppy, and can’t wait to share it with you!

Pre-Order Spirit and Oppy Today!

My first children’s book, Spirit and Oppy, will be published in February 2021. I can’t wait for you to see the beautiful illustrations by Samantha Gottwalt!

Spirit and Oppy
By Rachel Vinciguerra, Illustrated by Samantha Gottwalt
Vinci Press, February 2021

Oppy is the affectionate nickname of one of NASA’s twin Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. The sisters traveled to Mars in 2003 and explored the surface sending measurements and photographs back to Earth. This is the story of all they learned.

The robot rover sisters were determined, patient, and persistent! Their mission was only meant to last 90 days, but they explored the planet for over 15 years. They shared all they learned with scientists on Earth, right up until the very last day of their mission.

You can pre-order your copy today wherever you get your books including your favorite local bookstore (mine is White Whale here in Pittsburgh), Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, or right here by filling out the request form below to order directly from me.

Order Direct

Fill out this form to request a pre-order for the February 4th release and you will receive a secure invoice in your email via Stripe. The books will be headed your way as soon as you make your payment. Simple as that.

The first 100 direct pre-orders will receive a Spirit or Oppy sticker and signed bookplates! (If you order another way, you can reach out to me directly using this contact form for your thank you!)

*Teachers ordering in bulk, please leave a note or comment for a special discount.*

Reviews for Spirit and Oppy:

Love the artwork, and love the emphasis on the rovers being sisters. We definitely referred to the rovers as she/her on the team, as an homage to the tradition of old sailing ships. The ending where Oppy dies actually made me tear up; I was on shift the week we lost contact, and at JPL [Jet Propulsion Laboratory] when we sent the final commands, both heartbreaking times. Rachel and Samantha captured the emotion so well!

Tanya Harrison, PhD., Science Team Collaborator on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity

 I love the story, I think you’ve done a wonderful job describing the situation for kiddos to grasp.

Beta-Reader & Youth Worker

I am in LOVE with how you integrated science, history and girl power. I can’t wait to read it to a future class!

Beta-Reader & Educator

My Bio

RACHEL VINCIGUERRA is a first-time children’s book author, social worker, and yoga instructor. She manages the Hello Neighbor Network, a national network of grassroots organizations supporting refugees. She lives in Pittsburgh with her cat, Zéb, and some chickens.

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Rachel Vinciguerra is a children’s book author who lives in Pittsburgh with her little cat Zéb.

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You’ll be able to order wherever books are sold and discuss discount options for group orders from educators and youth workers.